Georgina Turtle (born George Turtle, later Georgina Somerset) was a transsexual woman who claimed to be intersex, bearing an ovary and rudimentary womb. She was born March 23 1923, and died November 30 2013. She lived her entire life in England.
Although her earliest recollections were of wanting to be a girl, these were suppressed as she entered young adulthood being trained in her father’s profession as a dentist. After being called up as the war in Europe ended, Turtle served as a surgeon-lieutenant in the Royal Navy until 1948, at which point she established a dental practice in Croydon. In the mid-1950’s, Turtle began taking estrogen and living as a woman, and underwent her first surgery for gender confirmation in January, 1957. Later that same year she was attacked and raped, an event which she never completely recovered from and which led to a gender back-lash for her.
In 1960 Turtle’s birth certificate was finally corrected to show “him” as a girl named Georgina Carol Turtle. Two years later, she married Christopher Somerset, a design engineer. At her 13 October 1962 wedding at St Margaret’s in Westminster, Gina (as she liked to be called) asked her brother to give her away. When he declined, she asked two uncles, and then her family doctor: all declined. Her landlord stepped in, and the wedding went ahead. The couple settled at Hove, where Turtle ran a busy dental practice until her retirement in 1985.
I have several photographs of Georgina Turtle to share with you.
Georgina at work (hi-resolution – click “Save As” to see the full-sized photograph).
Georgina at the piano. A photograph of the “old” her is on the piano (hi-resolution – click “Save As” to see the full-sized photograph).
Showing her wardrobe to reporters (hi-resolution – click “Save As” to see the full-sized photograph).
In the Navy, and on the beach, 1960.
On the beach, 1960.
Wedding day, October 13, 1962.
With her husband.
With her husband.