Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pivotal Trans Historical Events and Personalities

I have to thank Nephew (AKA Jaison Gardner) for giving me the idea for this post..   Since it's TBLG History Month, he'd asked the question on his Facebook page what people thought were some of the pivotal events, people, and cultural events in LGBT history.  

After contributing a few comments to the thread on Jaison's page I decided I needed to do something similar focusing on the trans end of the rainbow community historical spectrum.

I'll focus on the USA trans community in this one.   I'll do an international trans one as well.

Ahem. Let's get this historical party started shall we?

For our trans ancestors we still don't know about yet

Lucy Hicks Anderson

The February 1953 arrival in New York of Christine Jorgenson from Denmark which is the beginning of American media and international attention on trans people.

Carlett Brown's 1953 attempt to become the 'First Negro Sex Change"

The 1965 Dewey's Lunch Counter Sit In in Philadelphia, the first instance of a protest based on gender variant issues.

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot in 1966.

The trans initiated Stonewall Riots in 1969

Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson founding STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) in 1970

The 1976 MT vs JT case.

Renee Richards challenging the USTA in 1976 for the right to play in the US Open as a woman

Phyllis Frye beginning her role as the Grandmother of the trans rights movement with the August 1980 repeal of the Houston anti-crossdressing ordinance.

Althea Garrison becomes the first transperson to be elected to a state legislature in November 1992 when she wins her race for a Massachusetts House seat.

The 1994 Phyllis Frye led Trans Lobby Day in Washington DC that signals the reviving of trans political activism. 

1995 founding of GenderPAC

The Littleton v Prange Case in 1999

Kim Coco Iwamoto's 2006 election to the Hawaii State Board of Education

Vicky Kolakowski becoming the first out transperson elected to a judicial seat in 2010 (Alameda County, California).

The beginning of the Southern Comfort trans conference in Atlanta and its growth to become the largest trans conference by the close of the 20th century.

The 2005-2006 Transsistahs-Transbrothas Conferences in Louisville that led to other African-American themed trans conferences.

ne Fee becoming the first transperson to attend a major political party convention at the 2000 DNC.

The DNC having 13 trans delegates in Charlotte. Dr. Marisa Richmond becomin
g the first African-American trans delegate to a DNC at the Denver one in 2008 and Kylar Broadus becoming the first African-American trans man delegate to the DNC in 2012

 Kye Allums becoming the first out transperson to compete at a Division I NCAA institution in 2010.

Keelin Godsey attempting to make the US Olympic team as an out trans athlete in 2008 and 2012

Will probably keep adding to this one..

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