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30 August 2012

Dorothy Medway (192? - ? ) female impersonator

Dorothy, who had been working as a female impersonator, had obtained female hormones from a doctor who , 'decided that I had been born with a completely feminine mind, controlling all my actions'.

However in the early 1950s no British doctor would do an orchidectomy because of the mayhem laws. She had to go to the Netherlands instead. She was featured in the Sunday Pictorial on 6 March 1954, on an inside page, on the day that most UK newspapers were featuring the Roberta Cowell story.

Unlike Roberta she did not have the upper-class connections to be introduced to Sir Arthur Gillies, nor would she have been able to afford his fees.
  • Sunday Pictorial, 6 March 1954.
  • Dave King. The Transvestite and the Transsexual: Public Categories and Private Identities. Aldershot: Avebury, 1993: 111.

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