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Finding Aid to the Harry Benjamin Licenses and Awards, 1915-1975

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Title:
Finding Aid to the Harry Benjamin Licenses and Awards, 1915-1975
Description:
Licenses to practice medicine and awards from medical groups for Dr. Harry Benjamin, 1915-1975. Benjamin was a clinical specialist in transexualism and an advocate for transgender people. Dr. Harry Benjamin was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1885. He moved to New York in the 1920s and started a practice focusing on endocrinology and gender identity. Up to the 1960s, he was the go-to person for transgender people seeking medical treatment in the United States. Dr. Benjamin assisted Christine Jorgensen, Reed Erickson, Renée Richards, and numerous others to medically alter their physiology. He also provided them and other transgender people with social and legal support. In the 1960s, Benjamin helped establish the Harry Benjamin Foundation to assist transgender people in obtaining surgery. Benjamin retired in the 1970s and the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA) was named in his honor.
Creator:
ONE Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Date:
2014
Format:
Documents
Genre:
Finding Aids
Location:
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Collection (local):
ONE Archives Finding Aids
Subjects:
Harry Benjamin
Physicians--Licenses
Awards
Sexology
1915-1975
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Language:
English