1965 Transgender News

Standard Disclaimer: This page is a listing and links to news items regarding transgender persons from 1965. It is ordered by date of appearance in the news, not the date of the event. Note that the text summaries are not transcripts.

July 5, 1965. Baton Rouge Advocate, page 5

Transsexual woman Muriel Petersen, formerly known as Douglas Petersen, has married British novelist Robin Ashby in South Africa.

September 12, 1965. Cleveland Plain Dealer, page 36

Former Army Private Christine Jorgensen has been denied the right to perform at military clubs in Frankfurt, Germany. The Army was reported as saying “…it was felt not in the best interest of the division to permit her to perform in our clubs.”

October 3, 1965. Portland Oregonian, pages 1 and 25

A lengthy article in the Portland Oregonian tells the story of a prisoner at the Oregon State Penitentiary who underwent a change in sex from male to female. Jean (formerly Gene) underwent two surgeries while in prison, and now lives as a free woman, with her primary complaints being the pain of wearing high heels and a lack of money.

December 31, 1965. Omaha World Herald, page 22

Scotland has an inheritance crisis involving a transgender man. After Lord Sempill died of natural causes, no clear heir could be found, as he had no sons, nor brothers to inherit. Except for… his sister Elizabeth, who changed her gender legally to male in 1952. Ewan Forbes-Semphill, who took his housekeeper as his wife after transition, is therefore fighting for the right to inherit the Barony.

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