In 2015, transgender people are in the news daily, but Elbe’s story was virtually unknown at the time. Reports of sex-reassignment were so rare that the world was shocked more than 20 years later to hear of Christine Jorgensen. She had been George Jorgensen from the Bronx but became a woman thanks to surgery — in Denmark, interestingly enough.
The New York Daily News on Dec. 1, 1952 ran a story headlined “Ex-g.I. Becomes Blonde Bombshell.” And people around the world began to realize that gender was not an absolute either/or fact. Jorgensen was the subject of stories in newspapers and the relatively new medium of television. So she did what any enterprising celebrity would