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A Surprising History of Trans Men in America

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In 1883, Frank Dubois was known in rural Wisconsin as a hard-working man, married to a young woman named Gertrude Fuller. What drew national attention to his seemingly unremarkable life was that he was revealed to be anatomically female. In the new book True Sex, The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century, author Emily Skidmore uncovers the stories of eighteen trans men who lived in the United States between 1876 and 1936. Despite their “unexceptional” quality, the stories about their lives are surprising and moving, challenging much of what we think we know about queer history. Emily Skidmore is a professor of history at Texas Tech University. Mindy Todd hosts this interview on The Point.

 

 

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.