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Social Science Transgender Studies

Others of My Kind

Transatlantic Transgender Histories

by (author) Alex Bakker, Rainer Herrn, Michael Thomas Taylor & Annette F. Timm

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Transgender Studies, Social History, General
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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. It explores the ethical and analytical challenges that come with the study of what was once private, secret, or unacceptable to say.

With more than 180 colour and black and white illustrations, including many stunning, previously unpublished photographs, Others of My Kind celebrates the faces, lives, and personal networks of those who drove twentieth-century transgender history.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

Alex Bakker's profile page

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

Rainer Herrn's profile page

Michael Thomas Taylor works as a translator and editor in Berlin

Michael Thomas Taylor's profile page

Annette F. Timm is professor of History at the University of Calgary and editor of The Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Annette F. Timm's profile page


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Editorial Reviews

Carefully blends academic discourse with archival material, adding the faces and bodies of real people to a conversation that has long ignored the people behind the history of medical care. Essential.


?A.N. Weiss, CHOICE Reviews

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