Below is a brief timeline outlining some important dates in transgender related movies, television & stage productions:
Following their discharge from Nelson's Navy in the 1700's, many female to male transvestites went on to perform on stage and became celebrities wowing audiences backed by an all singing and all dancing group of transvestite stars.
The dawn of the 21st century had started out with two film makers, Mitchell and Kenyon, traveling to Crewe, England between 1900 and 1905 to film a cross-dressing Carnival.
Female to Male Transsexual, Colonel Sir Victor Barker, appeares as a circus attraction as "The Man-Woman."
Transsexual performer, Jacqueline “Coccinelle” Dufresnoy, becomes the first Transsexual woman in France to undergo Sex Reassignment Surgery. The procedure was conducted by Dr. Burou in Casablanca in 1958.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, transgender actresses Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling were among Andy Warhol's “Warhol Superstars”, appearing in several of his films.
A series of programs entitled “A Change of Sex” are aired on the BBC in 1979. Viewers could for the first time follow pre-op transsexual, Julia Grant, through her transition.
Brittish transgender model, Caroline "Tula" Cossey, was cast as a Bond girl in the 1981 James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only.
Brittish transgender model, Caroline "Tula" Cossey, was featured in the 1985 music video, "Some Like It Hot", by Power Station.
Transgender author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist, Kate Bornstein, undergoes sex reassignment surgery in 1986.
In entertainment, Julie Hesmondhalgh Joined the cast of “Coronation St.” (Britain's longest running television soap) in 1998, portraying a transsexual character named Hayley Patterson. The character was the first ever transsexual portrayed on a British serial. Transsexual singer, Dana International, also became the first transsexual woman to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, singing a song called “Diva.”
In entertainment, the first all-transgender performance of the "Vagina Monologues" was held in 2004. The monologues were read by eighteen notable transgender women including transsexual activist & author, Christine Beatty. A new monologue revolving around the experiences and struggles of transgender women was included as well.
On television, 27 year old Portuguese post-operative transsexual, Nadia Almada, won the United Kingdom reality Game show, Big Brother 5 on August 6th 2004. Almada won £63,500 in prize money, as well as the hearts of the entire nation.
Transsexual performer, Jacqueline “Coccinelle” Dufresnoy, dies at age 75 on October 9th, 2006. Dufresnoy was the star of the famous Le Carrousel nightclub in Paris in the 1950s, the same time that April Ashley and Amanda Lear were also there. Dufresnoy was hailed as the first Transsexual woman in France to undergo Sex Reassignment Surgery with Dr Burou in Casablanca in 1958.
From 2007 to 2008, transgender actress Candis Cayne played Carmelita Rainer, a transgender woman, on the ABC prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. The role made Cayne the first openly transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character on prime time.
Transgender actress, producer and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox, makes television history when she becomes the first African American transgender woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1’s “I Wanna Work for Diddy” in 2008.
MtoF transgender actress & model, Nina Poon, stared in fashion designer Kenneth Cole’s Fall 2008 international advertising campaign. In 2009 she was cast in her first motion picture speaking role in director Dito Montiel's “Fighting.”
Transgender actress, producer and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox, accepts the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for “I Wanna Work for Diddy” in 2009.
Well known crossdressing actor & comic, Eddie Izzard, completes 43 marathons in seven weeks in 2009. The marathons were part of a grueling charity run for Sport Relief.
The story of male-to-female transgender Angie Zapata's 2008 murder was featured on Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" television show on November 1st, 2009.
United Kingdom Cage Fighter and cross-dresser, Alex Reid, wins the United Kingdom reality Game show, Celebrity Big Brother in 2010.
In 2011, Transgender actress, producer and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox, becomes the first African American transgender woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s critically acclaimed “TRANSForm Me.” Later in the year, “TRANSform Me” is nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program. The show is the first television show to star three transsexual women.
Harmony Santana became the first openly transgender actress to receive a major acting award nomination; she was nominated by the Independent Spirit Awards as "Best Supporting Actress" for the movie "Gun Hill Road" in 2011.
The Discovery Channel airs the documentary/reality show, "I’m Pregnant And...My Husband Wants to Become a Woman", on September 1st, 2011.
Transgender actress, producer and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox, garneres critical acclaim in 2012 for her role in the independent feature film “Musical Chairs”, directed by Susan Seidelman.
Director Lana Wachowski, formerly known as Larry Wachowski, came out as transgender in 2012. That same year, S`tephen Ira, the child of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, also came out as an openly gay transgendered man.
Also In 2012, Bring It On: The Musical premiered on Broadway, The play featured the first transgender teenage character ever in a Broadway show - La Cienega, a transgender woman played by actor Gregory Haney.
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