The Case of Thomas(ine) Hall

Born around the year 1600, Thomas(ine) Hall traveled to the colony of Virginia in 1627. When questions arose about their gender identity, Thomas(ine) was subjected to a series of physical examinations to determine whether they were male or female. But Thomas(ine)'s body did not fit easily into either category, as is the case with persons who are intersex. Watch this short film to learn about Thomas(ine)'s life and what happened next.

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New York Historical Society. (2020, November 3). Women & The American Story: Thomas(ine) Hall, Gender Non-Conforming in Colonial Virginia [Video]. YouTube.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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