"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty"

A veteran of World War II, Christine Jorgensen underwent sex reassignment surgery and attained fame as a transgender woman in the 1950s. At a time when gay and lesbian people had to stay in the closet or risk losing their livelihood, Jorgensen became a well-known celebrity. Author Rebecca Poole explores why Jorgensen was celebrated when other members of the LGBTQ+ community were not.

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From GI Joe to GI Jane: Christine Jorgensen's Story


Poole, Rebecca. (2020, June 30). From GI Joe to GI Jane: Christine Jorgensen's Story. The National WWII Museum. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/christine-jorgensen

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