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"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty"

Christine Jorgensen, born George W. Jorgensen Jr., was an army clerical worker during World War II. After the war, she underwent sex reassignment surgery in Denmark. Jorgensen became well-known for this experience, and numerous media outlets published stories about her transition. This article, published in the New York Daily News, emphasized her military background with the title, “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty.” After returning to the United States, Jorgensen made a living as a celebrity, actress, and entertainer. She stated publicly that she was very happy with her decision to undergo the surgery, and was an advocate for transgender rights throughout her life.

Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty: Bronx Army vet undergoes first widely known gender reassignment procedure

Subject of the rare sex-conversion is the former George W. Jorgensen Jr., son of a Bronx carpenter, whose name and all past Army records have been official changed to Christine Jorgensen. The new woman has made a successful career for herself as a color photographer in Denmark and hopes some day to go to Hollywood, either as a photographer or an actress.

It was through a rare and complicated treatment that George became Christine. The conversion - rare when a woman becomes a man, much rarer when a man changes in woman-involved five major operations, a minor operation and almost 2,000 injections which worked both physiological and glandular revolutions in George-Christine's body…

Dr. Eugenie Andersen, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, was fully aware of what was going on and at the successful conclusion of the operations, arranged that Christine's records be changed by the Army and the Veterans Administration-and also by the Bureau of immigration so that the man who went abroad three years ago could be readmitted as a woman.

Since the treatments, Christine has been working happily and successfully as a woman color photographer.

Source | Ben White, “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty: Bronx Army vet undergoes first widely known gender reassignment procedure in 1952,” Daily News, December 1952.
Item Type | Newspaper/Magazine
Cite This document | “"Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 24, 2021, https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/2732.

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