Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964517 | Print ISBN: 9781412909167 | Online ISBN: 9781412964517| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jorgensen, Christine (1926-1989)
Christine lorgensen was born George William lorgensen in 1926. Reflecting in later years on childhood, Christine described struggling with a longstanding sense of herself as really a girl despite her male body. In the mid-1940s, George was drafted to fight overseas in World War II. The military did nothing to alleviate his sense of himself as a woman. After the war, George traveled to Denmark, a country known at the time for doing experimental sex reassignment surgery. He met Christian Hamburger, an endocrinologist, who was receptive to George's desire to become a woman. Under Hamburger's care, George took estrogen, underwent electrolysis, and had a castration operation. She took the name “Christine” to honor Hamburger. By 1953, Hamburger had received hundreds ...