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30 Days of Pride: Virginia Prince

June 1st kicked off Pride Month! So for the next 30 days let's recognize the people who played pivotal roles in LGBTQ History.


DAY TWENTY-ONE 👉 VIRGINIA PRINCE

"Virginia Prince worked closely with Alfred Kinsey to bring the needs of transgender people to the attention of social scientists and sex reformers. In 1952 a handful of other transgender people in Southern California launched Transvestia The Journal of the American Society for Equality in Dress which published two issues. The Society that launched the journal also only briefly existed in Southern California.The Cooper Donuts Riot was a May 1959 incident in Los Angeles, in which transgender women, lesbian women, drag queens, and gay men rioted, one of the first LGBT uprisings in the US. The incident was sparked by police harassment of LGBT people at a 24-hour cafe called "Cooper Do-nuts".

In 1960 Virginia Prince began another publication, also called Transvestia, that discussed transgender concerns. In 1962, she founded the Hose and Heels Club for cross-dressers, which soon changed its name to Phi Pi Epsilon, a name to play on the initials FPE, the acronym for Prince's philosophy of Full Personality Expression Prince believed that the binary gender system harmed both men and women by keeping them from their full human potential, and she considered cross-dressing to be one means of fixing this.

Through many of her writings, Prince has been considered a major pioneer of transgender community. Her long history of literature surrounding issues of cross dressing and transvestism has been rooted in Prince's desire to fight against those who disagree with liberal sexual ideology. Notably, in her 1967 The Expression of Femininity in the Male. Prince discusses the supposed psychiatric links between cross dressing and sexual deviation that were commonly believed in at the time.

Prince firmly rejected these associations, and was also strongly opposed to the notion that true transvestites are psychiatrically disturbed."

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