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Earl Lind (born 1874)

Earl Lind (a.k.a. Ralph Werther and Jennie June) was one of the earliest transgender individuals to publish her own autobiography in the United States.

Jennie June was born in 1874 in Connecticut as Earl Lind. She was born in a Puritan family.

By 1895 she met other androgynes in New York City, in a society called Cercle Hermaphroditos, whose aim was "to unite for defense against the world’s bitter persecution."

According to Wayne Koestenbaum in The Queen's Throat, she believed that she could 'diagnose a man sexually simply by hearing him sing', and wanted to be an opera soprano.

An early autobiography of a transvestite, Autobiography of an Androgyne, was first published in 1918. Earl Lind is also the author of The Female Impersonators, first published in 1922.

Originally published in 1922, The Female Impersonators was a sequel to the Autobiography of an Androgyne and an account of some of the author's experiences during his six years' career as an instinctive female-impersonator in New York's underworld. It also includes the life stories of his androgyne associates and an outline of his subsequently acquired knowledge of kindred phenomena of human character and psychology.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Lind

Further Readings:

Autobiography of an Androgyne by Earl Lind
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL) (June 28, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1410108805
ISBN-13: 978-1410108807
Amazon: Autobiography of an Androgyne

The Female-Impersonators by Earl Lind
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Fredonia Books (June 28, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1410108821
ISBN-13: 978-1410108821
Amazon: The Female-Impersonators

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