Yo, a friend of mine made an amazing list about imortant and historical trans men!
A list of historical (and some recent) trans men since everyone likes to ignore the fact that we did in fact exist before Chaz Bono came out
(TW: transphobia, obviously, and r*pe)
• Hatshepsut (1479 - 1458 BC)
Hatshepsut was a female Egyptian
pharaoh, who went to great lengths to
present as a man, wearing male
clothing and a fake beard, took on
wives, and used both male and female
Though it cannot be definitively said
if Hatshepsut was a trans man or not,
a lot of the evidence points to that
being the case.
• Anonymous Man (16th century)
Henri Estienne wrote of a FTM man
who was burned alive for living as a
man, learning a trade, and taking a
wife. The man was outed by someone
who recognized him from their
hometown and when given the option
between death and living as a woman,
the man chose death.
• Jospeh Lobdell (1829 - 1912)
A frontier man and skilled marksman
who lived on the frontier with his wife
before being locked in an asylum for
insisting that he was a man.
Scholars used to label him as a lesbian
before it was revealed by his own
writings that he more likely was in fact
a trans man.
• Reed Erickson (1912 - 1992)
After inheriting his father’s fortune in
1962 and after transitioning in 1963,
Erickson launched the Erickson
Educational Foundation in 1964 and
through that laid the foundation for
several trans activism organizations
like the Harry Benjamin International
Gender Dysphoria Association,
Paul Walker’s Janus Information
Service, Sister Mary Elizabeth’s and
Jude Patton’s J2CP, and several
He was also an alternate health
practices supporter and funded
research on homeopathy and
• Billy Tipton (1914 - 1989)
An American jazz musician from 1936
to 1970, Tipton began presenting as
male full time in 1940, with only his
two cousins knowing his assigned
To avoid explaining his breasts and his
lack of package, he would tell women
that he had been in a serious car
accident that resulted in damaged
genitals and broken ribs that he had to
keep wrapped constantly.
No one knew he was trans until he
died and and it was revealed by the
• Dr. Alan L. Hart (1890 - 1962)
An American physician, radiologist,
TB researcher, writer and novelist.
Alan L. Hart was one of the first trans
men to have a hysterectomy and a
gonadectomy in the US and his
research on TB detection saved
thousands of lives.
He presented as a boy as a child and
was encouraged by his grandparents
and parents to do so, and was listed as
his grandparent’s grandson in their
obituaries. He’s was recorded as
always begging to cut his hair, wear
boy clothes, and would refer to himself
as a boy as a child.
He’s the first documented trans man
in the united states. His doctor who
helped with his transition described
him as “extremely intelligent and not
mentally ill, but afflicted with
a mysterious disorder for which I have
no explanation” and said that “from a
sociological and psychological
standpoint [Hart] is a man”.
Not only was he a man of medicine but
he was also a fiction writer, and such
a lot of his fiction writing reflected his
own experiences and feelings.
• Michael Dillon (1915 - 1962)
The first FTM person to have a
phalloplasty. He’s also believed to be
the first FTM person to undergo hrt.
While in the hospital with a head injury
he met a plastic surgeon who gave
him a double mastectomy and a note
to help get his birth certificate
Dillon performed SRS on Roberta
Cowell, the first British trans woman to
receive SRS, but because Dillon had
not completed his medical training the
surgery was considered illegal.
Later on he ended up devoting the
rest of his life to Buddhism in India.
• “Little Axe” Broadnax (1916 - 1992)
Little Axe was an American gospel
singer. I couldn’t find much on his
personal life, but he was apart of
several gospel groups between the
1940’s and 1980’s.
He was not discovered to be trans
until his death in 1992.
• Lou Sullivan (1951 - 1991)
An American author and activist, and
also one of the first trans men to
publicly identify as gay. He’s heavily
credited to the modern understanding
of gender identity and sexuality being
As a child, he would write in his journal
about being confused about his
identity, and expressed his ideas of
wishing he were a man and wanting to
be a gay man there from a young age.
He moved away from Milwaukee in
1975 to San Francisco so he could
have easier access to not only hrt but
a more understanding community. His
family was supportive of this move and
gave him a man’s suit and his
grandfather’s pocket watch as going
In San Francisco, he lived openly as
a gay trans man but was denied SRS
constantly because of his sexuality,
since at the time trans people were
expected to adhere to a more
heterosexual lifestyle. He finally had
SRS in 1986.
He was diagnosed as HIV positive in
the same year, and said afterwards:
“I took a certain pleasure in informing
the gender clinic that even though
their program told me I could not live
as a Gay man, it looks like I’m going to
die like one.”
As an adult he was active in the
Gateway Gender Alliance, which was
one of the first educational
organizations that offered support for
FTM people. He was an editor for The
Gateway, a newsletter with “news
and information on transvestism and
transsexualism” that originally primarily
focused on MTF issues, but started to
also talk about FTM issues under his
He was a founding member of the
GLBT Historical Society in San
Francisco, he founded FTM
International - an organization
specifically for trans men - and was a
huge advocate for gay trans men, and
gay trans people in general.
He ended up passing due to HIV
Brandon Teena was raped and
murdered at age 21 for being trans.
He asserted that he was male from a
young age and began identifying as
a man during adolescence. He would
constantly reject school dress code by
When he was 18 he tried to join the US
army but failed to enter after listing his
sex as male.
In 1993 he began living as a man full
time and associating with John L.
Lotter, Tom Nissen, and Lana Tisdel.
During a Christmas Eve party, Nissen
and Lotter forced Brandon to pull
down his pants revealing that he was
trans. They forced him into a car, drove
to a nearby meat packing plant, and
raped him. They then took him to
Nissen’s house, where they told
Brandon to shower, allowing him to
escape out the bathroom window and
to Tinsel’s house.
They went to the ER where while
Brandon was having a rape kit done,
he was asked invasive, rude, and
unnecessary questions about him
being trans so they left.
When Nissen and Lotter found out
about the police report and rape kit
they started a hunt for Brandon, and
eventually found him on December
31st when they shot and killed him and
the two other people in the house
where he was staying. Brandon was
also stabbed in the chest to ensure he
He’s had two movies made on his life
a documentary called The Brandon
Teena Story and movie called Boys
Some more recent trans men include:
• Thomas Beatie - in 2007 was the first
trans man to become pregnant
through artificial insemination after
finding out his wife was infertile.
• Balian Buschbaum - a former German
pole-vaulting champion. He competed
during the early 2000s and retired in
2007 to transition
• Chaz Bono - son of Sonny and Cher,
he is a writer, musician, and activist
• Ian Harvie - a comedian and actor, he
was in Transparent and Roadtrip
• Buck Angel - a former adult film star
and producer, and is now a trans
activist, writer, and speaker
There are obviously many, many other well known current trans guys out there, but those are just some ✌️
The history of trans guys is often overlooked and/or forgotten, so hopefully you learned something from this
A dude, according to contemporary sources, was a man of many affectations. Even a small town dude would speak with drawl which was something of a mix of English and Bostonian. Most sentences began with “I say”, ended with “don’t chew know” and questions were answered with “raaather”. Though he looked and spoke as if he’d just stepped from Pall Mall, he’d probably never been to London at all.
You’d find him wearing extremely tight (with the cuffs rolled up) or extremely loose pants (tucked into his boots), red (or any other loudly coloured) lacquered shoes or excessively polished black boots, spotless gloves, and a tall silk hat on a jaunty angle. A monocle was optional but he’d go nowhere without his fancy cane. When said cane was not in his mouth, a cigarette was dangling there. He always had a flower with a long stem in his buttonhole, lilies being most popular. His mustache was curled to perfection. His hair was either curled, or cut short but with bangs. His collar would be tall. If it were scarf weather, his pearl scarf pin would secure it in just the right spot.
They were most populous in New York, Boston and Chicago, although they’d follow the 400 to Newport or where ever else fashion decreed when summer came.
All of this would be fine, said the editors, but a dude rarely worked - certainly not in any trade, but usually not at all. Most had money, but if not, they’d trade on real or fabricated family connections. He’d spend his day lounging from one lady’s house to another, or standing on street corners, or looking out the window of his club or Delmonico’s, sucking on the knob of his cane, and staring at passing girls. He was extremely vain and socially ambitious, his conversation vapid, and he acted as if he was a member of some imaginary aristocracy. He thought he was God’s gift to women and could be a masher, if he bothered.
Dandies, on the other hand, though they were also always well dressed and at the peak of fashion, were respectable: they had brains (and a job), and knew when to leave the ladies alone. Dandy’s like Bryon and Brummell, had they been American, would not have been considered dudes.
Later iterations in the 1910s and 1920s were called lounge lizards, jellybeans, bun dusters, drugstore cowboys and cake eaters. Around the 1920s the term dude came to define a city man who visited more rustic locals and stuck out like a sore thumb.
Do you happen to know why so many papers thought all the Titanic passengers were safe?
At 8:27 pm the night after the ship sank a wireless message apparently signed White Star Line was received saying “Titanic proceeding to Halifax, passengers will probably land there Wednesday all safe” was received by Congressman Hughes of West Virginia. Who sent this message, if it was indeed one single message and not a confused mix-up of several messages, is unknown.
So, first, wireless telegraphs were what were being relied on, and most papers basically ‘played telephone’, relaying the same information over and over from few sources. There was an order of precedence in general for telegraphic messages aboard the ships: first, ship service messages; second, personal telegraphs; and finally, press news telegraphs.
Because of the volume of traffic, President Taft eventually ordered that all wireless activity that wasn’t from the Navy to be silenced so the Carpathia
(which carried all those who were rescued)
could get it’s telegraphs through. Still finding that there were little information being received, he asked a Naval ship to contact the Carpathia and find out what was going on, but due to miscommunication (different types of Morse code - American and British - basically a language barrier) this was mostly a waste of time.
Another reason was that it took three days for the Carpathia to reach the dock in New York, so there were no personal interviews conducted before the 18th, which left some people holding out hope.
Then, the White Star Line was roundly admonished for giving false information or withholding what they knew, although they claimed that this was solely because, while they had it on good authority that the ship had gone down and had an approximate number of passengers saved, they wanted to confirm with the Carpathia’s captain to prevent undue anguish to the relatives of those who might possibly still be alive or give false hope to those who had lost someone.
The fact that J. Bruce Ismay (president of the White Star line) sent multiple telegraphs from the Carpathia asking that the Cedric (another White Star liner) be held up in New York to await the Carpathia’s arrival to carry himself and the surviving crew of the Titanic back to England at the first possible moment was considered suspect and senate subpoenas were issued that blocked this move.
There were also reports that the wireless messages stating the Titanic was safe were from amateur pranksters.
The Eagle, Bryan, Texas, April 16, 1912
The Scranton Truth, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1912
Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada, April 16, 1912
The Buffalo Commercial, New York, April 22, 1912
Finally, it was speculated that employees of Marconi
Wireless Company, specifically Chief Engineer
Sammis, and possibly the inventor Marconi himself, in collusion with the two wireless operators aboard the Carpatha, were involved in withholding the information in order to profit off the details of the sinking by selling the exclusive rights to the New York Times.
Both operators, Cottam and Bride, gave their exclusive stories and received $750 and $1000 respectively from the New York Times thanks to Sammis.
Marconi said that, while he did say the operators were free to make as much money as they could from the story, he certainly never ordered them to withhold any information.
The San Francisco Call, California, April 26, 1912
It was said that Sammis had ordered the telegraph operators aboard the Carpathia to “keep your mouth shut” and it was speculated that this was a gag order about the Titanic sinking in general.
However, these messages were sent to the Carpathia only about an hour and a half before they docked.
Sammis admitted it was true he’d authorized the telegrams in his name and helped set up the meeting with the reporters, but that he had only meant for the operators to not tell anyone about their personal experiences before speaking to the journalists, and justified his actions by claiming that he did it with the best of intentions. He said he was only trying to help the operators, one who had taken part in the rescue and one who survived the sinking, to make the most money possible, that he was trying to “spruce the men up, make them feel happy”, that he had done “nothing he was ashamed of”.
He was also asked if he had ordered the operators to keep quiet before this, to which he answered no, that there were 150 - 200 other vessels that also needed to use the stations and that it would be unfair for the Carpathia to monopolize them all the time, especially because the Carpathia’s messages needed to be retransmitted by another ship to reach shore some of the time. Cottam, the Carpathia’s wireless operator, also denied he’d been asked to “kill any message regarding the Titanic story” by Sammis or anyone else.
The Topeka Daily Capital, Kansas, April 18, 1912
Many of the messages sent to the Carpathia from people asking for updates went unanswered. Marconi himself had sent a multiple messages to the Carpathia asking why no news was forthcoming, about whether people like Astor, Guggenheim, and Isidor Straus had been rescued, and received no answer. Even the President’s request for information, specifically about
Archibald Butt, was ignored (although that one wasn’t signed in his name - they probably would’ve answered it if it had been!).
Marconi explained that this was probably because the Carpathia’s operators were busy sending personal messages to victim’s friends and family members. The Senate inquiry cast doubt over this, wondering why they would pointedly avoid answering messages from the owner of the company that employed them, and that it seemed that the operators were not doing very much telegraphing during these days at all - although Sammis reported the two men had sent upwards of 5000 words or 500 separate personal messages.
Harold Cottam gave testimony at the inquiry that he hadn’t been answering any requests for information because he was busy with official traffic and passengers personal messages (like Marconi said and like protocol demanded).
Cottam recounted that on Tuesday, after 36 hours with no sleep and almost 24 hours of constant telegraphing, he fell asleep at the job because he was so exhausted. Harold Bride, the second operator of the Titanic, came to relieve him, despite
injuries to both of his feet and his back. He had been resting in the Carpathia’s hospital. From that time Bride continued to help Cottam, preparing messages to be sent and taking over when Cottam rested.
❝ You’re in control. ❞ ❝ Is there anywhere you want to go? ❞ ❝ Is there anything you want to know? ❞ ❝ The future’s made for discovering. ❞ ❝ You just want somebody listening to what you say. ❞ ❝ It doesn’t matter who you are. ❞ ❝ What if there was no light? ❞ ❝ What if there was no time? ❞ ❝ What if you should decide that you don’t want me there by your side? ❞ ❝ Let’s take a breath, jump over the side. ❞ ❝ Every step that you take could be your biggest mistake. ❞ ❝ I want to feel like that. ❞ ❝ Maybe you’ll get what you wanted. ❞ ❝ I cannot hear, you’re breaking up. ❞ ❝ An answer now is what I need. ❞ ❝ Oh come on, love, stay with me. ❞ ❝ Could it be worse? ❞ ❝ Lights will guide you home. ❞ ❝ I will try to fix you. ❞ ❝ But if you never try, you’ll never know just what you’re worth. ❞ ❝ I promise you, I will learn from my mistakes. ❞ ❝ I can’t get through. ❞ ❝ I’ve been trying hard to reach you, ‘cause I don’t know what to do. ❞ ❝ I can’t believe it’s true. ❞ ❝ I’m so scared about the future, and I wanna talk to you. ❞ ❝ In the future, where will I be? ❞ ❝ Are you lost or incomplete? ❞ ❝ Tell me how you feel. ❞ ❝ Nothing’s really making any sense at all. ❞ ❝ Let’s talk. ❞ ❝ I’m diving off the deep end. ❞ ❝ You became my best friend. ❞ ❝ I wanna love you, but I don’t know if I can. ❞ ❝ I know something is broken, and I’m trying to fix it. ❞ ❝ How long before I get in? ❞ ❝ How long before you decide? ❞ ❝ Where to, where do I go? ❞ ❝ How long am I gonna stand with my head stuck under the sand? ❞ ❝ I’ll start before I can stop. ❞ ❝ If you could see it, then you’d understand. ❞ ❝ Some things, you have to believe. ❞ ❝ All those signs, I knew what they meant. ❞ ❝ You don’t have to be alone. ❞ ❝ Your heavy heart is made of stone. ❞ ❝ I’m not gonna take it back. ❞ ❝ You’re the target that I’m aiming at. ❞ ❝ Got to get that message home. ❞ ❝ I’m nothing on my own. ❞ ❝
I love you, please come home.
❞ ❝ You see the world in black and white. ❞ ❝ You think you’ll never get it right – but you’re wrong. You might. ❞ ❝ You mean more to me than any color I see. ❞ ❝ All you ever wanted was love, but you never look hard enough. ❞ ❝ I feel low. ❞ ❝ The hardest part was letting go. ❞ ❝ I could feel it go down… ❞ ❝ I wish that I could work it out. ❞ ❝ You really broke my heart. ❞ ❝ I tried to sing, but I couldn’t think of anything. ❞ ❝ You left the sweetest taste in my mouth. ❞ ❝ I wonder what it’s all about. ❞ ❝ Everything I do is wrong. ❞ ❝ Everything I do, it just comes undone. ❞ ❝ Everything is torn apart. ❞ ❝ That’s the hardest part. ❞ ❝ I can only blame myself. ❞ ❝ You can only blame me. ❞ ❝ That’s where I belong. ❞ ❝ You belong with me. ❞ ❝ You cut me down to size and opened up my eyes. ❞ ❝ What good is it to live with nothing left to give? ❞ ❝ Don’t fight for the wrong side. ❞ ❝ Say how you feel. ❞ ❝ If somebody made it, someone will mess it up. ❞ ❝ It belongs to all of us. ❞ ❝ I feel my time – my time has come. ❞ ❝ Let me in. Unlock the door. ❞ ❝ I’ve never felt this way before. ❞ ❝ I don’t know which way I’m going. ❞ ❝ I don’t know which way I’ve come. ❞ ❝ I need someone who understands. ❞ ❝ For you, I’ve waited all these years. ❞ ❝ For you, I’d wait ‘til Kingdom Come. ❞ ❝ Just say you’ll wait for me. ❞ ❝ I wouldn’t change a single thing. ❞
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