Christine Jorgensen (born George William Jorgensen Jr.) was an American transgender woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery.
Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York City. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1945, she was drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II. After her service, she attended several schools, worked, and around this time, heard about sex reassignment surgery. Starting in 1951, she traveled to Europe and in Copenhagen, Denmark, obtained special permission to undergo a series of operations. (credit: Wikipedia)
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