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03 November 2009

Steve Dain (1940 – 2007) gym teacher, FTM pioneer.

Doris Richards attempted marriage as a woman, but it did not work.

Later, while working as a girls’ gym teacher in Union City, California, he transitioned to male at age 35, with surgery from Dr Donald Laub at Stanford Gender identity Clinic.

Steve lost his job and went to court. He was briefly a media topic, but the very next day the Renée Richards story pushed him off the front page.

Eventually he won a court ruling that he could teach again, but was not able to find a school that would hire him.

He worked setting ceramic tiles. He became a focal point for trans men in the San Francisco area, and helped other to follow him including Lou Sullivan, Jamison Green and Max Valerio.

He did eventually teach again in a community college.

He died of cancer at age 67.
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I remember this teacher at Emeryville High School, Emeryville, CA. I didn't know he taught in Union City, CA

Anonymous said...

Steve(aka Doris Richards)Dain was a gym teacher at Emery High School in Emeryville, CA, when he transitioned to male.

Susan said...

Doris Richards was my favorite teacher at Arroyo High School(San Lorenzo). I remember one day, as we were all dressing out for P.E. she played David Rose's music "The Stripper." Everyone laughed about it for weeks! She was so funny and playful.
I can only hope Steve was able to find the joy in life as Doris did

Lani said...

I remember him so well from "What Sex Am I?" I must have seen the documentary 30 or 40 times.

I wish there were more updates of those who were in this groundbreaking film. I read where "Kathy" (supposedly not her real name), who was the topless dancer in the Houston's gentlemen club, and had her surgery in Galveston, has since died. So did her roommate "Mary" (also not her real name). It's so sad that so many in this film are now gone.

FerolCat said...

I remember Doris Richards well! She was my Physical Education Teacher at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo for quite a few years. Don't know how all these other cities are popping-up except to say, perhaps that was when she/he was searching for another job. I remember that day when she played the song..."The Stripper" really loud while we were changing our clothes! LOL! Too funny. My condolences for your loss dear Steve Dain at such a young age. R.I.P.

Giovanni Barricelli said...

He was a chiropractor and died while he was still on staff at LCCW. GOOD MAN

Adorable Aunt Sandy said...

Doris Richards taught PE at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont around 1965. She was amazing and had the best spirit. We all loved her. I hope Steve had some of that joy and wonderful energy. If anyone knew him as Steve please let us know that he was happy! He was incredibaly brave and I hope he had a huge support group at the time.