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History of Transgenderism - Part 6 (2006 - 2009)

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* This editorial is part six of a multi-part editorial series. Click on the following corresponding links to read part one, part two, part three, part four and part five of this series.

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As society progressively advanced into the 2nd half of the new millennium, so did the transgender community as well.

The International Transgender Hall of Fame was founded by Nationaly Syndicated Transgender & Transsexual Issues Columnist, Tammy Reed, in 2006. The Hall of Fame immediately inducts three nominees into the Class of 2006, Bibiana Fernandez, Bulent Ersoy and Julian Eltinge.

The three men that were found guilty of the 2002 beating and strangling of 17 year old Transgender girl, Gwen Amber Rose, were finally sentenced on January 27th, 2006.

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.

Transgender woman, Kim Coco Iwamoto, was elected to the Hawaii Board of Education in November of 2006, making her at that time the highest ranking transgender elected official in the United States and the first transgender official to win statewide office.

Transgender woman, Theresa Sparks, was elected president of the San Francisco Police Commission in 2007 by a single vote, making her the first transgender person ever to be elected president of any San Francisco commission, as well as San Francisco's highest ranking transgender official.

The International Transgender Historical Society was founded by Nationaly Syndicated Transgender & Transsexual Issues Columnist, Tammy Reed, in 2007. Later that same year it merges with the International Transgender Hall of Fame. The Historical Society inducts 11 nominees into the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007

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.

The International Transgender Historical Society inducts 8 nominees into the ITHS Transgender Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008

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.

In 2008, Cristan Williams donated her personal collection to the Transgender Foundation of America, becoming the first collection in the Transgender Archive.

Diego Sanchez became the first transgender person on the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Platform Committee in 2008.

Thomas Beatie, an American transgender man, made international news in 2008 when he became pregnant. He wrote an article about his experience of pregnancy in The Advocate. The Washington Post blogger Emil Steiner called Beatie the first "legally" pregnant man on record, in reference to certain states' and federal legal recognition of Beatie as a man. On June 29th, 2008, Beatie gave birth to a girl named Susan Juliette Beatie.

Angie Zapata, a transgender woman, was murdered in Greeley, Colorado on July 17th, 2008. Allen Andrade was convicted of first-degree murder and committing a bias-motivated crime since he killed her after he learned that she was transgender. This case was the first in the nation to get a conviction for a hate crime involving a transgender victim.

Silverton, Oregon elected Stu Rasmussen as the first openly transgender mayor in America in November 2008.

Dr. Rebecca Allison was elected Chair of the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in 2008. Allison is known for her work advocating on behalf of Transgender people.

Male-to-female transgender pro golfer, Lena Lawless, won the women’s world championship in long-drive golf in 2008. Following her win, Lawless was excluded from competing in future competitions after the Ladies Professional Golf Association adopted their “female at birth” policy. Lawless would later go on to file a lawsuit against the LPGA on the grounds that its guidelines violated civil rights.

Male-to-female 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.”

In 2009 the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History, an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, changed its name to the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History.

Chaz Bono came out as transgender in 2009. GLAAD and the Empowering Spirits Foundation were quick to offer praise and support for the announcement.

Diego Sanchez became the first openly transgender person to work on Capitol Hill in 2009, as a legislative assistant for Barney Frank. Sanchez was also the first transgender person on the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Platform Committee in 2008.

Transgender Activist, Rachel Crandall, creates the International Transgender Day of Visibility holiday on March 31st, 2009. The International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring every March 31st, dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

The “Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Plaque” was erected in West Hollywood, California on November 20th, 2009 during a commemoration of The Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Matthew Shephard Memorial Triangle in the Creative City.

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.

In 2009, Barbra “Babs” Siperstein was nominated and confirmed as the first openly transgender at-large member of the DNC.

Well known actor, comic and cross-dresser, Eddie Izzard, completes 43 marathons in seven weeks in 2009. The marathons were part of a grueling charity run for Sport Relief.

The International Transgender Historical Society inducts 8 nominees into the ITHS Transgender Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009

The story of Angie Zapata's 2008 murder was featured on Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" television show on November 1st, 2009. Zapata was a male-to-female transgender woman.

* for more information and facts on transgender visit the International Transgender Historical Society & Hall of Fame Official Website.

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