Jorgensen, Christine

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Jorgensen, Christine Gender: MF
George William Jorgensen Jr.
born on 30 May 1926 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Palmer
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°21' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 17°59 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 25°37'

Christine Jorgensen (1954)


American pioneering transgender woman who said "nature made a mistake." She was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Her transition was the subject of a New York Daily News front-page story. She became an instant celebrity, known for her directness and polished wit, and used the platform to advocate for transgender people.

Jorgensen grew up in the Bronx, New York City. Hidden desires throughout the confusing teen years, a stint in the army and two years training as a medical assistant preceded young George's decision. Feeling feminine, wanting to dress and act like a woman, George finally, in 1950, went to Denmark to start the "change." After two years, 2,000 injections and three operations, Jorgensen returned to New York - as Christine. She is legally considered female.

She started a night club act, played dinner theater, lectured and published an autobiography. Answering many letters, she avowed that she never regretted her decision; however to people unhappy about their gender, she advised psychiatric and medical help before heading into surgery.

Though she took out a marriage license twice, she never did carry through on marriage. Christine Jorgensen died of cancer "shortly before 4 p.m." on 3 May 1989 at age 62 in San Clemente, California.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Benjamin, Harry (born 12 January 1885). Notes: Doctor/ patient


  • Health : Change in Appearance 1950 (Started shots and surgery for sex change)
  • Health : Medical procedure 24 September 1951 (Orchiectomy)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 1 December 1952 (New York Daily News ran a front-page story)
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  • Death by Disease 3 May 1989 at 3:50 PM in San Clemente (Cancer, age 62)
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Source Notes

Lynne Palmer quotes her. (Her autobiography "Christine Jorgensen, a Personal History," p.4, gives "I was born while lines of marchers paraded down the street." PC gave 1:40 PM "from her biography"; later suggested 1:05 PM.)

Sy Scholfield quotes time of death from "Christine Jorgensen Dies of Cancer in San Clemente" by Jack Jones, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 1989, p. C3.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung (Cancer, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Bladder (Cancer, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Sex reassignment)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Transgender M-to-F (1950-1952)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Night club)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Medical : Nurse/ Nurse's Aids (Trained assistant)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Transgender rights)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Transgender pioneer)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women