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LGBTQ* People You Should Know
Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) 
* Jorgensen was the first transgender individual to gain wide press and conduct interviews following sexual reassignment surgery (srs)
 (note she was not the first male to female srs, nor the first American but she did create the largest media attention)
* While serving in the army in 1945, Jorgensen found supportive surgeons and endocrinologists while in Copenhagen
— during this time, sexual reassignment surgery was illegal in many countries
— America had no known surgery available
* Jorgensen’s surgery was front page news in 1952 (making the headline of New York Daily News reading “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty.”)

* Jorgensen, after returning to America, became close to Dr. Harry Benjamin, who would go on to oversee much of her physical transition later in life
* During the course of her life, Jorgensen became an advocate and voice for the transgender community. 

LGBTQ* People You Should Know

Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) 

* Jorgensen was the first transgender individual to gain wide press and conduct interviews following sexual reassignment surgery (srs)

 (note she was not the first male to female srs, nor the first American but she did create the largest media attention)

* While serving in the army in 1945, Jorgensen found supportive surgeons and endocrinologists while in Copenhagen

— during this time, sexual reassignment surgery was illegal in many countries

— America had no known surgery available

* Jorgensen’s surgery was front page news in 1952 (making the headline of New York Daily News reading “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty.”)

blonde

* Jorgensen, after returning to America, became close to Dr. Harry Benjamin, who would go on to oversee much of her physical transition later in life

* During the course of her life, Jorgensen became an advocate and voice for the transgender community.