This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1400 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing.

There is a detailed Index arranged by vocation, doctor, activist group etc. There is also a Place Index arranged by City etc. This is still evolving.

In addition to this most articles have one or more labels at the bottom. Click one to go to similar persons. There is a full list of labels at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. There is also a search box at the top left. Enjoy exploring!

Media Index

Legal Cases

European Court of Human Rights


Paris Préfecture de Police v. Claude Gilbert 1846
Paris Préfecture de Police v. Jacques-Francois Renaudin 1846
Rex v. Lillias Irma Valerie Barker (Victor Barker)
Violette Morris v. Fédération française de sports féminins 1929
State of NY v. Miller 1964
Argentina v. Ricardo San Martin 1966
Talbot (otherwise Poyntz) v Talbot 1967
Argentina v. Francisco Sefazio 1969
State of NY v. Archibald 1968
Corbett v. Corbett 1971
Hartin V. Dir. Of Bur. Of Recs. Supreme Court, New York County 1973
Grossman v. Bernards Township Board of Education 1975
Ivan Valentin v. Connecticut Liquor Board
M.T. v. J.T 1976
Smith v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co, 1978
Ashlie, aka Komarnicki v. Chester-Upland School District, 1979
Philips v. Plotkin 1979
Terry v. EEOC, 1980
Kirkpatrick v. Seligman and Latz, Inc, 1981
R v Tan and others 1983
Ulane v. Eastern Airlines, Inc, 1983
Suria v. Shiffman et al. 1983
Schuler v. Business Week 1994
Farmer v. Brennon 1994
Littleton v. Prang 1999
W v W 2000
Bellinger v Bellinger 2000
Gray v. Münchner Tageszeitung 2001
Gardiner v. Gardiner 2002
Kevin v. Australia 2003
Olivia Watts v. Cr Wilson 2004
Norsworthy v. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Portatadino v. Argentina 2006
Bussert v. Hatachi 2007
Lydia Foy v. Eire 2007
Völling v. ? 2008
B (formerly known as M) v. L 2011
Hannon v. First Direct Logistics 2012
De'lonta v. Virginia Department of Corrections 2012
Goiar v. Galicia 2012


Complete Books Online  - books that you may download
Der Erotische Verkleidungstreib (Hirschfeld & Tilke)
Famous Imposters (Stoker)
Freiheit! (Die Tragödie einer homosexuellen Liebe) (Bacroff)
From Man to Woman: The Transgender Journey of Virginia Prince (Docter)
Gay American History (Katz)
Gay Berlin (Beachy)
Gay/Lesbian Almanac (Katz)
Gender Dysphoria: Development, Research, Management more (Steiner)
Gendered Self: Further Commentary on the Transsexual Phenomenon (Vitale)
GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary. (Nestle, Howell & Wilchins)
Gender Reversals and Gender Cultures: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives (Ramet)
Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics Of Radical Feminism (Daly)
The Original Harry Benjamin Syndrome Book (Goiar)
Over the Sex Border (Somerset) more
The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism (Bevan)
Psychogenesis: The Early Development of Gender Identity (Moberly)
The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance and Musical Theater (Summers)
Queer City (Ackroyd)
A Queer History of the United States (Bronski)
Queers in History (Stern)
Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender (Wilchins)
Sex Change: The Achievement of Gender Identity Among Feminized Transsexuals (Kando)
Sexual Anomalies And Perversions  (Hirschfeld, ed Haire)
The Sexual Century (Person)
Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs (Ames)
The Socio-Medical Construction of Transsexualism (Billings & Urban)
The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture (Williams)
The Stonewall Reader (Baumann)
Towards a Recognition of Androgyny (Heilbrun)
The Transsexual Phenomenon (Benjamin)
The Trials of Masculinity (McLaren)
Trans Activism in Canada    (Irving & Raj)
Trans Toronto: An Oral History (Hill)
Transgender History (Stryker)
Transgender Warriors    (Feinberg)
The Transsexual Empire (Raymond)


Clara Vaughn (Blackmore)
Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (Ackroyd)
Dormitory Mates (Roberts)
The Extra Man (Ames)
The Female Husband (Fielding)
J'Inventais Ma Vie (Pruvot)
King Rat (Clavell)
Kyllenion - Ein Jahr in Arkadien (von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg)
Le Locataire  (Topor)
The Letters of Wanda Tinasky (Hawkins)
Marie parce que c'est joli (Pruvot)
Meglio l’uovo oggi (Stajano)
Naked Came the Stranger (Ashe)
Notre Dame des Fleurs (Genet)
Psycho (Bloch)
Roma capovolta (Stajano)
Seafood (Roberts)
Season of the Witch (Stine)
Steppenwolf (Hesse)
Tales of the City   (Maupin)
The Undaunted (Hart)

Short Stories

Down the Road, Worlds Away (Khan)
The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question (Sayers)


Bert Horgson (Weekly World News)
Doris Aversham (GLF)
The Girls of Radcliffe Hall (Berniers)
Baroness von Bulop (Beaton)
Naked Came the Stranger (Ashe)
Wanda Koolmatrie (Carmen)


Madame Sesostris (Huxley & Eliot)
Sonnet 20 (Shakespeare)
"Satire 5 - Ingling Pyander” in MicroCynicon: Six Snarling Satires. 1599 (Middleton)


I Wish I Was a Girl x 3
I Wish I Were a Boy
Little Richard
Love is a Stranger
Masculine Women Feminine Men, 1926
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones
My Human Gets me Blues 

Music Genres

Glam & Punk

'A Gang of Trannies':  Gender Discourse and Punk Culture  (Namaste)

82 Club

Al Pillay started out as a gender-bender punk in Spit Like Paint, although after his faux sex change, he became a disco singer in the 1990s.
Anderson Toone played keyboard in the postpunk group, The Bloods.
Benjamin Dickerson was a blues punk drag queen.
Claudia Wonder was in the punk band, Jardins das Delícias.
Chloe Dzubilo was in the punk band Transisters in the early 1980s.
Donna Lee Parsons wrote a punk fanzine and later was recording manager on Real Men Don’t Floss by The Young and the Useless, and Polly Wog Stew, by the Beastie Boys in the early 1980s.
Genesis P Orridge played punk and other genres while in Psychic TV in the early 1980s.
Jayne County
Lazlo Pearlman fronted punk bands bands Skinny Wiresand Jezebel's Kiss.
Lou Reed
Marie-France Garcia’s debut single was almost punk.
Max Valerio has worked with punk bands.
Stella Nova auditioned for the Sex Pistols in 1975, and then was in the Rich Kids with ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.


1970s music part 2:  Disco

Al Pillay started out as a gender-bender punk in Spit Like Paint, although after his faux sex change, he became a disco singer in the 1990s.
Amanda Lear  was a disco star in the 1970s.
Brian Belovitch as Tish Gervais was a disco singer in the 1990s.
Cristina Ortiz Rodriguez  sang ‘Veneno pa tu piel’ in 1996.
Divine became a disco singer in the 1980s: “You think that you’re a man”
Eva Robin's as Cassandra recorded the classic, Disco Panther, 1977.
Romy Haag's singles in the late 1970s.
Sylvester James is best known for the disco classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", 1978.



Dee Palmer
Felicitas Von Vestvali (singer)
Gareth Farr (percussion)
Jean Fredericks  (singer; trombone)
Kerstin Thieme  (composer, teacher)
Lisa Lee Dark (singer)
Luana Ricci   (piano)
Paula Grossman  (teacher)
Phynix  (piano, singer)
Sandra Clark  (Fench Horn)
Sara Davis Buechner  (piano)
Wendy Carlos (synthesizer)
Wilhelmina Tiemersma (organ)


Japanese male-impersonation troupes

Did Magnus Hirschfeld coin the term Geschlechtsverkleidung?   
Drag Queenery on the Road to WomanHood
The ebb and flow of social constructions
The erasure of female transvestites
Georgina Turtle's typology of transvetists and transsexualists
Magnus Hirschfeld, Edward Wood and the coining of 'transsexual'
Mayhem: A legal concept
The Missing Word: 'Transvestity'
A Prolegomenon to a Typology of Cis Gender Variance
A rejoinder to Kay Brown's "What is a Transsexual"
Rejoinder to Kay Brown 2: the gynephilics
Some observations on the tranny word
TG, concepts and usages.
    Part 1: Introduction: the meanings of Transgender
Part 2: The early years: up to 1990.
Part 3: The full-blown usage after 1990
Part 4: The Myth that Transgender is a Princian Concept
Part 5: The Backlash    Part 6: Conclusions.
Virginia Prince: Jargon Terms and general comments
What is Autogynephilia
What is Gender Dysphoria?
the Word 'Androphilic'


Recurring Untruths in Trans History:

Edward Hyde (Governor of New York & New Jersey)  Part II said to be transvestite
Hermann Göring (Reichsmarschall of the Third Reich) said to be transvestite
Hirschfeld as trans 
Marsha P Johnson's birthday
Transgender Surgery Untruths and Unknowns
Hirschfeld coined 'transvestite' 
Virginia Prince coined 'transgender' 
Photo of Oscar Wilde performing in drag




Bet Power  (took over New Alexandria Lesbian Library, made it Sexual Minorities Archives)
Dallas Denny (1993 founded US National Transgender Archive and Library, now part of the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan)
Georgina Somerset (missing)
Jeanne Hoff (The Kinsey Institute)
Judy Cousins (SHAFT made the foundation donation to the Trans-gender Archive)
Leah Cahan Schaefer  & Connie Wheeler (The Harry Benjamin Archives)
Lee Brewster (donation to Wollman Archives of Transgender History and Culture)
Leo Wollman (primary donation to Wollman Archives of Transgender History and Culture)
Louise Lawrence (Louise Lawrence Collection in the Kinsey Institute)
Mary Edwards Walker
Michelle De Ville  (personal archives used by Vivian Namaste)
Peter Farrer  (now in the National Museums Liverpool)
Rachael  Webb (a major donation to the Trans-gender Archive)
Richard Ekins (founder 1986 of pioneering Trans-gender Archive, but never inventoried the collection.  2012 it was taken over by the University of Victoria Library Transgender Archives)
Rikki Swin (Rikki Swin Institute archives, now part of the University of Victoria Library Transgender Archives)
Rusty Mae Moore (custodian of Wollman Archives of Transgender History and Culture)
Victoria Fernandez
Walter L Williams (got the University of Southern California to provide space for the ONE Gay and Lesbian Archive)


Richard Green (founding editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior)

The Berlin trans magazines, Die Freundin and Das 3, Geschlecht. 

Emi Wolters/Luz Fraumann

2010:  Books
2011: Books.
2016: Books
2017: Books
2018: Books
2019: Books 
2020: Books 
2021: Books

Time Slices

World War II - part i   (UK, France, Germany)
World War II - part ii  (other countries)
World War II - part iii  (USA)
New York City in the 1960s
East New Jersey in the 1960s
1969 – a year of much activity

Some Events of the year 2008

Some Events of the year 2009:
Part 1: legal etc
Part 2: Persons
Part 3: Book and the Arts

Some Events of the year 2010:
Part 1: Organizations, legislation, litigation, political parties.
Part 2: Persons
Part 3: Internet, Sports, Medicine, Celebrities, Deaths
Part 4: Visual media
Part 5: News Media, Journals
Part 6: Books

Some Events of the year 2011:
Part 1:  Organizations, Legislation, litigation.
Part 2:  Persons.
Part 3:  Spouses and Family, Trans Kids, Political, Celebrities, Sports.
Part 4:  Nemeses, Internet.
Part 5:  Doctors, Medicine, Genetics.
Part 6:  Deaths
Part 7:  Art, Fashion, Music
Part 8:  Theatre & Cinema
Part 9:  News Media, Journals
Part 10:  Books.

Some events of the year 2012
2012 and other things
Part 1: Organizations, Equal marriage,
Part 2: Other Legislation.
Part 3: Persons,
Part 4: Spouses, Family, Kids,
Part 5: Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.
Part 6: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
Part 7: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Obituaries
Part 8: Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music, Dance & Performance,
Part 9: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts,Theatre, Cinema
Part 10: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles,
Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

Some Events of the year 2013
2013 and other stuff
Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons.
Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema.
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal.
Part 10: Archives, Books.

Some Events of the year 2014
2014 and other things: comments
Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons,
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals,
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Cops & Military, Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, Nemeses.
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance,
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
Part 10: Archives, Books.

Some Events of the year 2015
2015 and other things: comments
Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons, Changebacks
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans Kids
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Military, Cops & Firefighters, Conviction & Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, US TSA, Nemeses
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Autogynephilia, Drag, Butch, Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Pornography, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles & Studies
Part 10: Archives & History, Books.





History of TAO: Part 1: to 1971, USAF, music, GLF 
History of TAO: Part2: TAO in Miami Beach
History of TAO: Part 3: aftermath
Atlanta-Savannah - Part I: 1539-1980
Atlanta-Savannah - Part II: 1981-now
Transgender Surgery - Part I: 1906-1965
Transgender Surgery - Part I: 1966-1975
Seattle-Portland-Spokane - Part I: to the closure of The Garden of Allah, 1956
Seattle-Portland-Spokane - Part II: to the Buckwater & Kotala decisions 1996
Seattle-Portland-Spokane - Part III: to now
A Chronology of trans persons in modelling and fashion - Part I: to 2000
A Chronology of trans persons in modelling and fashion - Part II:  21st century
Trans London in the 1960s: Part I: 1960-3
Trans London in the 1960s: Part II: 1964-7
Trans London in the 1960s: Part III: 1968-1970
Trans London in the 1960s: Part IV: Ruminations
Trans London in the 1970s: Part I: 1971-5    
Trans London in the 1970s: Part II: 1976-80
Trans London in the 1970s: Part IV: Ruminations
Trans Scotland: Part I - to the Wolfenden Report
Trans Scotland: Part II - to the Gender Recognition Act
Trans Scotland: Part III - after the GRA
Trans Magyar/Hungary - Part I: to WWII
Trans Magyar/Hungary - Part II: WWII to now


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