1958 Transgender News

Standard Disclaimer: This page is a listing and links to news items regarding transgender persons from 1958. It is ordered by date of appearance in the news, not the date of the event. Note that the text summaries are not transcripts.

January 29, 1958. Trenton New Jersey Evening Times, page 2

Yugoslavian Marija Djolan has undergone sex reassignment and is now a male soldier in the Yugoslavian Army, known as Marijan.
Yugoslavian transman

January 31, 1958. New Orleans Times-Picayune, page 36

A very short blurb mentions the following: “RECORD SET – Roberta Cowell, 39-year-old former British fighter pilot who changed her sex years ago, set the fastest time for a woman driver in England’s Shelsey Walsh hill climb.”

February 20, 1958. Washington DC Evening Star, page C5

A gossip column titled “Midtown New York” has a brief blurb about Charlotte McLeod, in which she displays what may have been the first published case of cattiness between two transsexual women. The article says in total:

Charlotte McLeod, the hat-check girl at the Left Bank bistro, is a former GI who went to Denmark for the Christine Jorgensen treatment and stopped being Charles McLeod. Miss McLeod looks upon her predecessor with some disfavor, apparently. The other night Dick Kolmar asked Charlotte what she really thought about Christine. “I just wish she’d come in here some night,” snorted Charlotte, “so I could yell out ‘Check your hat, mister.’ “

April 14, 1958. Baton Rouge Advocate

A short blurb appears on the editorial page regarding Charlotte McLeod, which reads in total:

Four years ago ex-GI Charles McLeod submitted to surgery in Copenhagen and returned here as Charlotte McLeod. A few months ago McLeod took a job in the cloak room at the Left Bank…One night, in searching for keys to the cabinet, McLeod had to scour through the contents of a ladies’ handbag. “If there’s anything I really miss since my operation,” McLeod sighed, “it’s pockets.”

Now that’s something I can agree with.

April 16, 1958. Springfield Massachusetts Union, page 4

A Japanese female athlete has undergone surgery to become male, Toshio Lanbongi.

October 13, 1958. Boston American, page 38

A short note reports that Roberta Cowell is claims she will attempt “to try for a trans-Atlantic airplane speed record.”
Roberta Cowell Speed Record Attempt

October 22, 1958. Augusta Georgia Chronicle, page 12

In somewhat shockingly brief news, Tamara Rees is said to be “fighting for her life after brain surgery.”
Tamara Rees Brain Surgery

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