There have always been plenty of gay and lesbian historical figures, but transgender history can be a little bit trickier to pin down. This is partly because the gender binary is so slippery to begin with. Are there any transgender historical figures? How do we even determine, in some cases, if a person from history was really trans or not? If a person from history had sexual or romantic relationships with people of the same sex, then we know that person was probably lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Gender expression can take more subtle forms, though, and those forms are often influenced by cultural norms and assumptions about what it means to be masculine or feminine.
Read more from Camila on the following pages. Learn more about her work on her web site and Instagram. After some time I realized the enormous diversity between them, all those possibilities of expressing the feminine enchanted me and I saw there an opportunity to do a relevant work by bringing this plurality to the surface, contributing to the deconstruction of stereotypes and, above all, to the construction of new and more realistic perception of these women. Brazil is also the country that consumes most pornography with this population, so as you can figure, we live in a pretty sick society when it comes to gender and sexuality. The life expectancy of a trans woman or transvestite in Brazil is 35 years old.
Former male model Andrej Pejic had sex reassignment surgery in and now goes by Andreja. Candis Cayne is known for being the first actress to play a recurring transgender role on primetime television. Lilli Elbe, born, Einar Mogens Wegener, is known for being the first known person to receive sexual reassignment surgery. The film "The Danish Girl" is loosely inspired by her life as an artist. Filmmaker and younger sibling of Lana Wachowski.
Back in the s, photographer Diane Arbus , the most important female photographer of her time, did something groundbreaking and impressively daring. She took photos of members of marginalized and oppressed groups of people , such as dwarfs, nudists, circus performers and transgender people. A little bit artistic and very much documentary, her images immortalized moments of friendship, and only later they became of immense significance for breaking the taboos and the judgements about transgender community.