In honor of my transgender history lecture today at the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, I have posted three new archival photographs of the first “Atomic Age” American transgender woman, Christine Jorgensen. One of them, which is her original press packet photograph (seen above), is kind of cool. They can be found on my Christine Jorgensen page in high-resolution scans, but the low-res versions are shown here.
Christine Jorgensen, hotel interview, December 11, 1952.
Christine Jorgensen photo (obscured by Raquel Welch) from her trip to Rome in 1954.
Hello everyone! We have two great topics this month on Trans Talk. First, we’re going to talk with Bonyen Lee-Gilmore from Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, who is going to discuss a new effort by Planned Parenthood to provide health services to transgender men and women. Next we will kick off a new series of interviews with individuals from the transgender community in Kansas and Missouri which I call “Transgender Kaleidoscope,” and our first guest in this series will be Rachel Mollie Martin, a retired Lt. Colonel and decorated Army Ranger, who has recently seen some major triumphs in her transition, and some serious stumbling blocks as well.
Fiona Nowling will be co-hosting today’s program, and she will give us the community calendar update, while I will provide my view of some of the LGBT news this week. I do hope you will be able to join me this Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.
I’d be pleased if you would join me for an audiovisual journey (meaning, I have slides and videos) through transgender history. Presented in honor of the affiliation between the Transas City Project and the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, the lecture will be just over an hour and will encompass topics from the earliest eras of humankind to the 2010’s. The lecturer will be myself, who if you don’t know me is the founder of the Transas City Project and a transgender historian, as well as the hostess of “Trans Talk” on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio.
This presentation will be held at the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, 8080 Ward Parkway, Suite 400 (take the elevator to the 4th floor, turn left, and then another left), KCMO (see the map below). The lecture will begin promptly at 3:00 pm, and accounting for questions and answers from the audience will end about 4:30 pm.
Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend, although donations will be accepted for transgender persons in need in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Location: The Transgender Institute, 8080 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, KCMO.
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Sunday, April 24th.
The next meeting of SOFFA is April 20th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.
Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC
The Intersex Pride Flag
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6th, there will be the ” ‘Who Am I?’ Intersex Awareness Talk” at UMKC. The talk will feature testimony from intersex individuals, such as myself and my guest Sieran from my February radio program. We will talk about growing up and living as an intersex person, and how it shaped our lives, as well as discussing some of the science of intersex, and take questions from the audience on any intersex or trans*-related subject.
The talk will be held in the UMKC Student Union, Room 302, from 2 to 3 PM. Please park carefully, as the UMKC parking police do not mess around; just take my word for it. There is metered parking in the Cherry Street garage, and other metered parking scattered about the campus.