Jamie Lee Hamilton


born: September 20, 1955

Jamie Lee Hamilton is a Canadian politician born James Arthur Hamilton on September 20, 1955 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hamilton attended Lord Strathcona Elementary School, Britannia Secondary School, and Capilano College. In 1968, in the Moccasin for Miles, she walked from Vancouver to Hope.  
Beginning in her youth, Hamilton worked in the sex trade, transitioned to female, and became a strident advocate of the various communities of which she is a member. In 1970, she was the first youth to be treated in Canada for gender identity disorder. Her pioneering doctor was William Maurice of the Health Sciences Centre, University of British Columbia.

Hamilton currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society, which has served the aboriginal two-spirited community since 1978. Hamilton is a lifelong resident of the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona neighborhoods of Vancouver.

Hamilton is an advocate of aboriginal people, residents of the city's poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside, and sex trade workers. She was an independent candidate for the publicly elected Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in the city's 2008 municipal election. She previously ran for Vancouver City Council in 1996, becoming the first openly transgender person ever to run for political office in Canada.

Hamilton is also a writer, entertainer, and guest lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia and in Humanities at Capilano College. She is working on a research project at UBC, "The Expulsion of Sex Workers from Vancouver's West End, 1975–1985", as she was one of those expelled by the court ruling.

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