Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Forschungsstelle zur Geschichte der Sexualwissenschaft

Others of My Kind

Transatlantic Transgender Histories
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An illuminating look by Alex Bakker, Rainer Herrn, Michael Thomas Taylor, and Annette F. Timm at the transatlantic, transgender community that helped to shape the history and study of gender identity.

From the turn of the twentieth century to the 1950s, a group of transgender people on both sides of the Atlantic created communities that profoundly shaped the history and study of gender identity. By exchanging letters and pictures among themselves they established private networks of affirmation and trust, and by submitting their stories and photographs to medical journals and popular magazines they sought to educate both doctors and the public.

Others of My Kind draws on archives in Europe and North America to tell the story of this remarkable transatlantic transgender community. This book uncovers threads of connection between Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands to discover the people who influenced the work of authorities like Magnus Hirschfeld, Harry Benjamin, and Alfred Kinsey not only with their clinical presentations, but also with their personal relationships.

With more than 180 colour and black and white illustrations, including many stunning, previously unpublished photographs, Others of My Kind celebrates the faces, lives, and personal networks of those who drove twentieth-century transgender history.

About the Authors

Alex Bakker is a transgender historian and writer from The Netherlands. Rainer Herrn is senior lecturer at the Institute for History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine and the Charité University Hospital Berlin, and founding member of the Magnus Hirschfeld Society Berlin. Michael Thomas Taylor works as a translator and editor in Berlin, and Annette F. Timm is professor of History at the University of Calgary and editor of The Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Table of Contents

List of Galleries
Foreword by Aaron Denver

Introduction, Annette F. Timm, Michael Thomas Taylor, Alex Bakker, and Rainer Herrn

Das 3. Geschlecht (The 3rd Sex): Illustration Practices in the First Magazine for Transvestites, Rainer Herrn

“I am so grateful to all you men of medicine”: Trans Circles of Knowledge and Intimacy, Annette F. Timm

In the Shadows of Society: Trans People in the Netherlands in the 1950s, Alex Bakker

Visual Medical Rhetorics of Transgender Histories, Michael Thomas Taylor

TransTrans: Exhibiting Trans Histories, Michal Thomas Taylor

Trans Transatlantic, Nora Eckert

Historicizing Transgender Terminology, Annette F. Timm with Michael Thomas Taylor