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Transgender history to the 1980s

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The Transgender Scientist

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Transgender history to the 1980s.  This episode traces development of and advocacy for transgender demographic groups from the turn of the 20th Century to the 1980s.  Advocacy organizations were built for three demographic groups of transgender people (1) those who wanted to change their bodies, previously called transsexuals who were championed by the medical and mental health communities (2) non-transsexual transgender people who developed local peer-led support groups, spawning transgender conventions (3) transgender people forced to live on the street because their transgender behavior was rejected at home. These developments were independent but loosely connected through activities in San Francisco and by a transwoman named Louise Lawrence.