Trans History for LGBT History Month - Georgia Black (1906 - 1951)

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Georgia Black was born in 1906 in South Carolina, USA. She began living as a woman whilst working as a house servant in Charleston as a teenager, supplied with feminine clothing by a fellow household staff member.

She married twice, adopting a child during her first marriage. Both of her husbands died due to ill-health, with Black being the beneficiary of her second husbands pension.

Black did domestic work for many of the wealthy families in the town of Sanford, Florida, where she lived for much of her life. She was a devout church going woman who was the leader of the local Women’s Missionary Society.

When Georgia became ill, her history was discovered, and the local police chief even launched an investigation to assess whether Black’s trans status could be classed as criminal activity, but no evidence was found to uphold these claims.

Georgia Black insisted that fate had intended her to be female and dismissed her male genitalia as ‘growths’.  She said, “The doctor says he didn’t see how I could married, but I don’t pay no ‘tention to that doctor.  My husbands and me had a peaceful, lovely life ”   

Source: TransGriot

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