Known for her smashing parties, lighter-than-air souffles, and comedic wit, Lucy Hicks Anderson never let anyone tell her how to live her life—not even the courts. When her gender was put on trial in the 1940s, the publicity around her case made her one the first documented Black transgender figures in American history.
Ashleigh Coren, Acting Head of Education for the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative
C. Riley Snorton, author of Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
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