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Life Story: Christine Jorgensen (1926-1989)

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The story of an overnight pop culture icon who used her celebrity status to advocate for the acceptance of transgender people.

Christine Jorgensen, 47, poses for photographers in a swimsuit

Christine Jorgensen, 47, poses for photographers in a swimsuit, 1967. Miami Beach, Florida. The Everett Collection.

Christine Jorgensen waves as she boards an airplane at Copenhagen, Denmark

Christine Jorgensen waves as she boards an airplane at Copenhagen, Denmark, 1953. The Everett Collection.

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AMERICAN IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP; AMERICAN CULTURE

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