The Danish Girl and “A First” in History
It’s important to change the course of history to change norms, to take a step for the ones behind you and to make people feel that you share similar feelings in other geographies.
You have probably heard the film ” The Danish Girl” which is an adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel, is a story based on Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener’s real life. As Lili Elbe starts to get recognized in the late 1800s in Denmark, her homosexual relationship causes judgmental reactions. The film, directed by oscar prize winner Tom Hooper, tells Lili’s process as a transgender and her marriage with Gelda.
After some research I found out that Lili Elbe wasn’t a transsexual, she was an intersex individual. Although she is known first in history with her surgery, the truth is: ” After having her vagina done in the first stage, she decides to have an ovarian transplant because she wants to give birth and have children. Since the ovaries that were transplanted were rejected by her body, she had to have them removed with a third surgery. And that’s when some tissues that can be considered ovarian prototypes are discovered in Lili’s body. People who carry both male and female biology including various percentage ratios and their combinations are intersex individuals. So Lili Elbe wasn’t trans, she was intersex.”
So we can say that the first transsexual in history was Christine Jorgensen. After coming from the world war in 1945 she started her gender transitioning process.
It’s a social responsibility, and awareness to correct the wrong information as even today the number of people who are conscious and non-discriminating needs to increase.