Ep26 – Christine Jorgensen: The First Trans Celebrity

This episode celebrates the life of trans icon Christine Jorgensen. Christine was one of the world’s first transgender celebrities, and the story of her 1952 transition sparked many important discussions about sexuality in the medical and scientific fields.


Suggested Episodes:

Ep23 – Transgender History

Ep16 – History of Damsels in Distress



Barajas, Stephanie. “Christine Jorgensen · Challenging Gender Boundaries: A Trans Biography Project by Students of Dr. Catherine Jacquet · OutHistory: It’s About Time.” Outhistory.org, Outhistory.org, http://www.outhistory.org/exhibits/show/tgi-bios/christine-jorgensen.

“Christine Jorgensen.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 23 June 2020, http://www.biography.com/activist/christine-jorgensen.

Hadjimatheou, Chloe. “Christine Jorgensen: 60 Years of Sex Change Ops.” BBC News, BBC, 30 Nov. 2012, http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20544095.

Poole, Rebecca. “From GI Joe to GI Jane: Christine Jorgensen’s Story: The National WWII Museum: New Orleans.” The National WWII Museum | New Orleans, The National World War II Museum, 29 June 2020, http://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/christine-jorgensen.

Riedel, Samantha. “What the First Trans Celebrity Can Teach Us About Transphobia Today.” Them., Condé Nast, 3 Oct. 2019, http://www.them.us/story/christine-jorgensen-first-trans-celebrity.

Salvo, Victor. “Christine Jorgensen.” Legacy Project Chicago, The Legacy Project, 2020, legacyprojectchicago.org/person/christine-jorgensen.

Sopelsa, Brooke. “#Pride50: Christine Jorgensen – World’s First Trans Celebrity.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 4 June 2019, http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/pride50-christine-jorgensen-world-s-first-trans-celebrity-n1006131.

Whittle, Stephen. “A Brief History of Transgender Issues.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 2 June 2010, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jun/02/brief-history-transgender-issues.

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Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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