Beyer resigned from parliament in 2007. Donate today to support the work of these superheroes and help keep our coverage free and open to all. In 2004, Bagger became the first openly transgender woman to play in the Women’s Australian Open and the year after, on the Ladies’ European Tour. It hasn't been easy. Her 2011 single "Chão Chão" was played almost non-stop in her home country and soon became a hit with Angolans all over the world, earning her invitations to perform in Portugal, Brazil, the UK and the US as well as the title of kuduro artist of the year. Most importantly, her work helped create connection and communication in the trans community and was the first to work toward that goal. Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy, known as “Coccinelle,” was a French activist and actress as well as one of the first to undergo a successful gender reassignment surgery in the twentieth-century. He bound his chest, cut his hair and wore a suit instead of a dress. “Padmini now anchors better than many others,” a spokesperson for the station said. Every LGBT History Month, we come together to celebrate queer culture and our many achievements. Competing as Chinatsu, a woman, Ando dominated the high-adrenaline sport of pro speedboat racing for almost two decades. All over the planet and in all sorts of fields, transgender women and men have earned their place in the limelight. Disowned by her family as a teenager and saved from suicide, Prakash first found work as a dancer, then as an actress. Learn more about who we are by visiting theworld.org/whoweare.Help us reach our goal of 1,000 donors today!Donate $100 or pledge $8.33/month to receive an invite to a virtual party with Marco Werman and The World team! 12 LGBT Icons From History Who Made Pride Possible It's all well and good to enjoy Pride today, but for a full appreciation of the parades, rallies, … She’s been one of the country’s biggest celebrities ever since, starring in movies, hosting her own TV show, appearing as a judge on Turkey’s Pop Idol, marrying — and divorcing — two younger men, having more and more plastic surgery, and generally doing everything you’d expect a diva to do. Would they dare? In 2003, he clocked his personal record of 4.70 meters, an achievement only four of his female compatriots have ever bested. She insisted on having sex reassignment surgery in China, even though doctors there didn't have much experience in the procedure at the time. After two months of training, Prakash presented her first show on Indian Independence Day. Be a superhero and help keep The World spinning! After she received sexual reassignment surgery, France changed its birth certificate laws so that the gender could change following surgery. When back in Illinois, Cashier continued to live as male and worked mainly in labor positions as a farm hand, cemetery worker and church janitor. Later in life, she helped found the Center for Aid, Research and Information for Transsexuality and Gender Identity. When you support The World with a donation, you ensure our incredible newsroom staff can continue this critical work to bring you stories from around the globe. This time, he received the job. “I could participate as my real self.”. Will they survive the pandemic? To learn more, review our Cookie Policy. She didn’t win a seat, but remains a prominent commentator, especially on LGBT rights. Two years later, he founded the Erickson Educational Foundation (EEF), where he supported early studies of transgender people through philanthropic donations. The news was widely and sometimes sensationally reported in a country with few high-profile transgender figures at the time, and even fewer trans men. “We get very good feedback from viewers.”. It is, of course, only the tip of the iceberg: There were any courageous people who helped make the trans movement what it is today. Learn more about our superhero staff at The World. She lived in the apartment complex with her partner. They do. Erickson grew up in Philadelphia and attended Louisiana University, where he was the first biological female to graduate in engineering. But she returned home at 26 with a very specific purpose: to become the woman she’d realized she was meant to be. After a period of voluntary exile in Germany, Ersoy returned in 1988 when Turkey’s law was changed and she was officially recognized as a woman. Our coverage wouldn’t be possible without the incredible individuals working behind the scenes. “Ultimately, my biggest dream was to be a girl,” she told Style.com. All of which is pretty remarkable for a performer born Teca Miguel Garcia in a conservative Catholic country where homosexuality is illegal. Louise Lawrence worked as an artist and manager of a women-only apartment complex … “I wasn’t ready to talk about it before in a public way because I was scared that I would not be understood. The World is a nonprofit newsroom that produces relevant, fact-based and human-centered global journalism. Georgina Beyer addresses New Zealand's parliament, December 2, 2004. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});It was then that Tipton decided to live as male and secured legal documents listing him as such. Raised a boy in north-east China, Jin joined the People’s Liberation Army at the age of nine in order to train as a dancer in its entertainment division. The 31-year-old has presented the main bulletin on Tamil-language channel Lotus TV since August 2014, when she became the first openly transgender news anchor in India. Her habit of speaking her mind still gets her into trouble with the authorities from time to time, but no government has yet made the performer nicknamed “Big Sister” keep quiet. Be a superhero and help keep The World spinning! Rigorously drilled in both soldiering and ballet, she was a colonel in the army’s performance troupe before she was 18 and soon after won China’s nationwide dance contest. She is remembered today as a woman who brave great discrimination in the name of authenticity. She remains one of Thailand’s most iconic “kathoey” (transgender women) to this day. Jazz musician Billy Tipton grew up with his aunt, who taught him a love of music at a young age. She quickly rose to the top of the amateur circuit in Australia, but so long as pro golf associations insisted that only women who were born women could compete — the “female at birth” rule — she couldn’t take her talent any further. In 1910, he was hit by a car and broke his leg. Danish-born, Australian-raised Mianne Bagger is a pioneer in one of the world’s most infamously conservative sports: golf. Back when Balian Buschbaum was Yvonne, he was one of Germany’s best pole vaulters. Her arguments were convincing and association after association amended their rules (though it would be a while before the LPGA amended theirs). She also worked with Alfred Kinsey and Dr. Harry Benjamin as they studied transgender people. He told his romantic partners that his chest had been damaged in an accident to explain the bandages, and only made love in the dark. The operation left one of her legs partially paralyzed. Who do you think was the first person New Zealand’s papers asked for a reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s transition, for instance? Born in 1886, Lucy Hicks Anderson was a transgender activist who not only fought for gender equality but was also one of the earliest marriage equality activists. He also funded books, events, and educational systems for other trans people.