Christine Jorgensen returns in 1953... - RareNewspapers.com. THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 13, 1953 * Christine Jorgensen's famous return to New York City * Post sex change operations - transsexual This 38 page newspaper has small one column headlines on the back page (page 38): "Miss Jorgensen Returns", "Ex-G.I.
Back From Copennhagen 'Happy to Be Home'' which tells of the return of Christine Jorgensen to America after her famous sex change operations in Europe. Other news of the day throughout including various advertisements. In good condition. wikipedia notes: Returning to New York after military service and increasingly concerned over (as one obituary called it) her "lack of male physical development", Jorgensen heard about the possibility of sex reassignment surgery, and began taking the female hormone ethinyl estradiol on her own. Meticulously Channeling Christine Jorgensen, Right Down to the Lips. One-person shows in which actors impersonate a celebrity using their own words are familiar.
There is, for example, "RFK" about Robert Kennedy, and the forthcoming "Lenny Bruce in His Own Words. " Yet the actors usually speak the part themselves. Why doesn't Mr. Louryk? America’s Original Transgender Sweetheart. With her recent cover appearance on Vanity Fair, primetime interview with Diane Sawyer and exploding Twitter following (more than 2.5 million and counting), Caitlyn Jenner has climbed into the stratosphere of American celebrity—sharing that rarified air with the likes of Katy Perry and President Barack Obama.
The coverage of Jenner’s transition from male to female—in the New York Times, People, USA Today and virtually every other media outlet—has only continued over the past two weeks, seeming to give the onetime Olympic athlete and reality TV father unprecedented notoriety. But unprecedented Caitlyn Jenner is not. Christine Jorgensen, The World's First Famous Trans Person. The History of New York Scandals - Christine Jorgensen’s Sex Change Operation. Editor and Publisher estimated that more newsprint had been devoted to sex-change pioneer Christine Jorgensen in 1953 than to any other individual.
Jorgensen had been a frail Bronx boy named George who after a stint in the army, hormone therapy, and a trip to Denmark, became Christine. In her autobiography, she describes the aftermath of surgery: The door opened and a neatly dressed young woman entered; a complete stranger to me. “I’m afraid you have the wrong room,” I said. “Who are you looking for?” I read it again, not really comprehending, until I realized at last that it had not been addressed to me: It was a message sent over an international press-service wire, and what I held in my hand was a copy of the dispatch. She answered me quietly and sympathetically. It seems to me now a shocking commentary on the press of our time that I pushed the hydrogen-bomb tests on Eniwetok right off the front pages.
Dec. 1, 1952: Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty. 1952: It’s front-page news when George Jorgensen Jr. is reborn as Christine Jorgensen, gaining international celebrity and notoriety as the first widely known person to undergo a successful sex-change operation.
Jorgensen, who grew up in the Bronx, in her words, a “frail, tow-headed, introverted little boy who ran from fistfights and rough-and-tumble games,” was drafted into the Army just after World War II. Military service only reinforced Jorgensen’s belief that she was, in fact, a woman trapped inside a man’s body. After receiving her discharge, Jorgensen returned home and first heard about “sex-reassignment surgery,” which was being performed only in Sweden. (It was illegal almost everywhere else, including the United States.) Jonathan Zimmerman: Caitlyn Jenner, meet Christine Jorgensen.
A tough-guy hero announces that he has become a woman.
Media outlets run glamorous pictures of her, while thousands of admirers send in congratulations. Reporters query her family members, who express support. The nation is transfixed by the transgendered celebrity in its midst. 60 years ago: Christine Jorgensen is ‘born’ This weekend marks the 60-year anniversary of the first widely known successful sexual reassignment surgery — when a boy from the Bronx became a lady.
Former Army Pvt. George Jorgensen made headlines around the world when he returned from Denmark as a blond woman named Christine. But before Jorgensen shocked the world, she shocked her family. "Nature made a mistake which I have had corrected, and now I am your daughter,” Jorgensen wrote to her parents, shortly after the operation. While serving in the U.S. Christine Jorgensen: 60 years of sex change ops. News of a pioneering sex change operation, one of the first involving both surgery and hormone therapy, was announced in 1952 - exactly 60 years ago this weekend.
"Ex-GI becomes blonde beauty! " screamed one headline as newspapers in the United States broke the news. Access Newspaper Archive Institutional Version. Why Be Just One Sex? - Dictionary definition of Why Be Just One Sex? Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources COPYRIGHT 2006 Thomson Gale Magazine article By: Gloria Kim Date: September 12, 2005, Source: Kim, Gloria.
"Why Be Just One Sex? " About the Author: Gloria Kim is a staff writer for MacLean's magazine. Transsexuality, in which members of one biological sex adopt the physical attributes of the other, emerged as an independent sexual orientation in the mid-twentieth century, distinct from homosexuality and transvestism. The growth of medical technology did little to change negative attitudes towards transsexuals, but did make it possible for such individuals to change their anatomy.
After the Jorgensen case, American physicians began to offer SRS to men. Christine Jorgensen, 62, Is Dead - Was First to Have a Sex Change. Christine Jorgensen, a former Army private from the Bronx who underwent surgery and hormone treatments in Denmark in 1952 to change from a male to a female, died of cancer yesterday in San Clemente, Calif.
She was 62 years old. Christine Jorgensen. America trusted not only in God, on December 1, 1952. It trusted in Richard Nixon, who had ridden the good Republican coattails of General Dwight Eisenhower to the office of Vice President of the United States. It trusted the words of a Wisconsin US Senator who had found potential communists hiding under every bed. Men trusted that the “Y” chromosome would always rule, and that women would always do what men would tell them to do. It was unimaginable therefore to read the headlines on the front page of the New York Daily News that day: Was this another Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale out of Denmark?
They came not to admire the courage of a once-inhibited photographer, but to examine the contents of her private laundry basket. There was a lot to consider on that fateful day in December. The New York Daily News had come across a hand-delivered private letter sent by Jorgensen to her parents. “I read The Well of Loneliness not long ago. How does it feel to wear women’s clothing?