This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1700 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!

Lists and Timelines

Time slices:



Within this encyclopedia I have included several Timelines.  To do a universal Trans timeline would be an enormous task. However I am doing smaller areas – cities or close-by cities - and on smaller topics.


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

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

The Four Years Leading to Stonewall - a New York Time Line.
The Five Years Following Stonewall - a New York Time Line.

Trans New Orleans:  Part II - to the two fires of 1972-3
Trans New Orleans:  Part III - Activism and Legal Changes


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 London in the 1960s: Part I - 1960-3
Trans London in the 1960s: Part II - 1964-7
Trans London in the 1960s: Part III - 1968-71
Trans London in the 1960s: Ruminations

Trans London in the 1970s - Part I: 1971-5
Trans London in the 1970s - Part II: 1976-80
Trans London in the 1970s  - Ruminations

Rest of Europe

Trans Magyar/Hungary:  Part I -  to WWII
Trans Magyar/Hungary:  Part I -  WWII to now

Transvestitenschein - Part I: Weimar Republik
Transvestitenschein - Part II: Third Reich

Le Carrousel and Madame Arthur: Part I: before 1945
Le Carrousel and Madame Arthur: Part II: 1945 – 1961 40
Le Carrousel and Madame Arthur: Part III: 1962 and after
Le Carrousel and Madame Arthur: Bibliography


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

A Blanchard-Binary Timeline: Part 1: to 2000
A Blanchard-Binary Timeline: Part 2: 2001-10

Sport Gender & Trans: part 1: to 1945
Sport Gender & Trans: part 2: the Cold War
Sport Gender & Trans: part 3: recent developments

Trans in Prison: Part 1 - to the conviction of Oscar Wilde
Trans in Prison: Part 2 - to Stonewall
Trans in Prison: Part 3 - to Framer v. Brennan
Trans in Prison: Part 5 - to the New Prison Guidelines

Transgender Surgery - Part I: 1906-1965
Transgender Surgery - Part II: 1966-1975

General comments on other timelines.

Timelines, sometimes called Chronologies. Many Timelines of LGBT or just trans history are found on the Internet. Some are quite good, others are pretty bad.   Many still attempt to do a universal trans timeline despite the data having exploded so that it would be impossible in less than 100 pages.


EN.Wikipedia has Timelines, which it usually calls LGBT History. Here is one for Canada. Note the almost total lack of trans content. Where is Diane Boileau, The Clarke Institute, Rupert Raj, Toby Dancer, Viviane Namaste? And therefore why call it LGBT rather than LGB?

Here is the EN.Wikipedia Timeline on US Georgia. It contains no trans events at all, and in its Notable LGBT Georgians section, the closest it comes to a trans person is RuPaul.

Gay History Wiki

What about Gay History Wiki? Here is its Georgia Chronology. It actually lists several trans persons – but only those who were murdered! Of those who thrived, who organized, who wrote, who performed – not a word.


What about They have a page: Out in Atlanta: Atlanta’s Gay and Lesbian Communities Since Stonewall: A Chronology, 1969-2012, which does not claim to include trans events but does mention various trans marches and Southern Comfort Conference. But no trans individuals are mentioned.

On the other hand the same site has Las Vegas Transgender which is actually quite informative.

How about universal or national trans Timelines?


The one at T-Vox (which is UK centric) is worth looking at. However it make nonsense claims such as that Hirschfeld coined ‘transvestite’, and of the Berlin trans women only Lili Elevenes (Elbe) is mentioned; Toni Ebel and Dorchen Richter are ignored. The Beaumont Society is mentioned but not Virginia Prince or Tri-Ess. And what happened to Charlotte Bach and Victor Barker? Where is Yvonne Sinclair?

Mercedes Allen

Mercedes Allen did a US-centric trans Timeline in 2008 and published it in six parts on Bilerico Project:

This is certainly one of the better Timelines. It does include Violet Morris, but not Victor Barker, “Lili Elbe” but not Toni Ebel or Dorchen Richter, ignores sexologist Bernard Talmey and Benjamin’s first trans patient Otto Spengler.

Pierre-Henri Castel

The most detailed trans Timeline was compiled by Pierre-Henri Castel with Bernice Hausman, Heike Boedeker & Geneviève Morel, and was published as an appendix to Castel’s book La métamorphose impensable: essai sur le transsexualisme et l'identité personnelle. Gallimard, 2003. The Timeline is France-centric but includes much from the UK and North America. The emphasis is on professionals and publications, and actual trans persons only pop up here and there. For example neither Violet Morris nor Victor Barker are even mentioned. Coccinelle is in, but not Bambi. The timeline is online in two parts:

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