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  1. Becoming a Woman

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Hircus, Capra
    Date: Jan. 3, 1976
    Topics: Clothing, Estrogen, Femininity, Gender confirming surgery, Gender expression, Hair removal, Hormone therapy (Gender), Identification cards, MtFs, Passing (gender), Physicians, Transitioning (Transgender), Transitioning status, Voice therapy (Transgender)
    Subject: Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, Gay Community News, Gender Identity Service of Boston, Home Savings Bank
    Description: An overview of medical, social, and legal transition for an MtF trans person, presenting different options and how much they cost or how difficult they are to obtain. Originally published on page 9...
  2. Because We Need Funny Books

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Curzon, Dan
    Date: Jan. 3, 1976
    Topics: Gay men, Interviews, LGBTQ books, Pornography, Racism, Transvestites
    Subject: Dan Curzon, Gay Community News, John Parke Custis Press, Something You Do in the Dark, The Misadventures of Tom McPick, Walt Disney
    Description: An interview with author Dan Curzon, author of a humorous book about a "seventeen year old vegetarian Gay" who has misadventures, variously involving bestiality, a gang, and a transvestite. Curzon ...
  3. A kinder and gentler festival?

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Burkholder, Nancy
    Date: Sep. 1, 1991
    Topics: Anti-transgender discrimination, Cisgender women, Lesbian culture, MtFs, Music festivals, Passing (gender), Stealth (Transgender), Transphobia, Transsexual people, Women's music festivals, Womyn
    Subject: Barbara Price, Gay Community News, Lisa Vogel, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Two Nice Girls
    Description: An article by Nancy Burkholder, a woman who was thrown out of a Women's Music Festival on suspicion of being transsexual. Burkholder criticizes this decision eloquently. Originally published on pag...
  4. Queens at Heart (1967)

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: UCLA Film and Television Archive
    Creator:
    Date: 1967
    Topics: Drag, Drag balls, Drag queens, Femininity, Gay bars, Gender confirming surgery, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Hormones, LGBTQ suicide, Medicalisation, Sex (Act), Trans women, Transphobia
    Subject: Jay Martin
    Description: "This short pseudo-documentary offers a rare look at trans life and drag ball culture in mid-1960s New York." According to Jenni Olson, the LGBTQ historian and archivist who rediscovered the film i...
  5. Divine

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Divine, Holland, David
    Date: Nov. 13, 1976
    Topics: Drag, Drag queens, Female impersonators, Gender identity in the theater, Motion pictures, Off Off-Broadway theater, Theater
    Subject: Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Babs Johnson, Divine, Female Trouble, Gay Community News, John Waters, Multiple Maniacs Mondo Trasho, Museum of Modern Art, Pink Flamingos, Roman Candles, Shakespeare, Tom Eyen, Women Behind Bars
    Description: An interview with Divine, the drag queen and actor. Originally printed on page 9 of Volume 4, number 2 of Gay Community News. Photography by Deborah Irmas.
  6. 'chosen' 'trap'?

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Neutzel, David
    Date: Jul. 8, 1987
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Letters to the editor, LGBTQ prisoners, Masculinity, MtFs, Sexuality, Transgender people, Transgender youth
    Subject: Avon Park Correctional Institution, Gay Community News
    Description: A letter to the editor of Gay Community News from a prisoner at Avon Park Correctional Institution. Originally printed in volume 15, issue 3. Content Warning: This item contains potentially sensiti...
  7. Ariadne Kane Speaks of the Transsexual Experience

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: SB, Kane, Ariadne
    Date: Jan. 31, 1976
    Topics: Drag queens, Feminism, Gay community, Gender confirming surgery, Gender identity, Interviews, Police harassment, Sex (Body), Transgender activism, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transvestites
    Subject: Ariadne Kane, Cycle Sluts, Divine, Fantasia Fair, Gay Community News, New England Conference on Alternate Sex and Gender Lifestyles, Skag Drag
    Description: An interview with Ariadne Kane, a self described transgenderist who organized events and conferences for the transgender and transvestite communities. Originally published on pages 10 and 11 of vol...
  8. A Dictionary of Gender Identity

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Bonnell, Charles
    Date: Sep. 20, 1975
    Topics: Crossdressers, Drag kings, Drag queens, Eroticism, Gender confirming surgery, Gender identity, Medicalisation, Passing (gender), Scientific literature, Sex cinemas, Transsexual people, Transvestites
    Subject: Gay Community News, The Queen's Vernacular
    Description: A short article in volume 3, issue 12 of Gay Community News, providing definitions for terms used by the gender noncomforming community in the 70s. Originally printed on page 17.
  9. Crossing Sexual Borders: Interview with Three Male-to-Female Transeuxals

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Tommi Avicolli
    Date: May 3, 1975
    Topics: Gender confirming surgery, Gender dysphoria, Gender expression, MtFs, Parents, Psychology, Trans women, Transgender children, Women's movement
    Subject: Erickson Educational Foundation, Gay Community News, Information for the Family of the Transsexual, Marilyn Monroe, New Words (Feminist Bookstore), Olivia Records, The Gay Alternative, The Linen Closet
    Description: Interviews with three transsexual women, ages 19 and 22, all from Pennsylvania. The article is reprinted from the Philadelphia paper The Gay Alternative. The article is printed on pages 8 and 12 of...
  10. cross-dressing now legal in st. louis

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Fauntleroy, Jim
    Date: Aug. 24, 1986 to Aug. 30, 1986
    Topics: Crossdressing, Law, Newspaper court reporting, Police
    Subject: ACLU News, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gay Community News
    Description: A short news bulletin recounting a recent court case in St. Louis, MO, in which a female impersonator and a transsexual person sued the city for arresting them for crossdressing. The article insinu...
  11. Coming Out as Transsexual

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections
    Creator: Christina Ann Debosco
    Date: Jan. 31, 1988
    Topics: Diversity, Drag, Intersectionality, Letters to the editor, People of colour (LGBTQ), Transsexual people, Transvestites
    Subject: Buffalo Transition Support, Gay Community News, March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation
    Description: A letter to the editor of Gay Community News from Christina Ann Debosco. Debosco requests that more information and writing by and for transgender individuals be published in the newspaper. Origina...
  12. The Strange Case of Max Curry

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1900-1949)
    Institution: Digital Transgender Archive
    Creator:
    Date: Apr. 22, 1915
    Topics: Arson, Gender confirming surgery, Insurance fraud, LGBTQ prisoners
    Subject: Arch Dilley, J. Henry Rider, Maud Jackson, Max Curry
    Description: Description of the life and legal troubles of Max Curry from volume 33.3 of the Pocahontas Times.
  13. The United Novelty Company!

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1800
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Alice Crouse, B. P. Poulsand, Geo. F. Ropes, Horace Coffin, Jimmie Smith, John Ryan, Lulu Coffin, Lyceum Hall, Ned Miller, Norris & Semons, The United Novelty Company, W. H. Smith, W. H. Wymond
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring female impersonator W. H. Smith
  14. The Fascinating Widow

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1910
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Ann Kingsley, Dwight Meade, Empire Theater Players, Julian Eltinge, The Fascinating Widow, Tommie Martelle
    Description: Advertisement for the play "The Fascinating Widow" starring female impersonator Tommie Martelle in a role originated by Julian Eltinge.
  15. San Francisco Minstrels!

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: May 12, 1874
    Topics: Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theater
    Subject: A. Smidt, Beaumont Read, Billy Birch, Birch, Wambold, and Backus' San Francisco Minstrels, C. Henry, Charley Backus, D. S. Wambold, E. Kirwan, J. Wills, Johnson & Powers, Joseph Norrie, Mechanics Hall, S. Watts, T. A. E. Richardson, T. P. Jones, The Great Ricardo, W. Blakeney, W. S. Mullaly, W. Schwab
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring minstrel and female impersonation act The Great Ricardo