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LGBT People Of History Part Twenty Eight Coccinelle

Updated on April 3, 2012
Coccinelle
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Coccinelle's Marriage In 1960 - The First Ever Transsexual Union.
Coccinelle's Marriage In 1960 - The First Ever Transsexual Union. | Source

Coccinelle

Born Jacques Charles Dufresnoy in Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth in Paris on the 23rd of August 1931.

Coccinelle chose her name upon entering a career in show business. The translation of Coccinelle from French to English means Lady Bird. She made her debut in 1953 as a transsexual actress in the club ‘Chez Madame Arthur’ in Paris. Later she would perform at the world famous ‘Le Carrousel De Paris’ nightclub. At Le Carousel many other transsexual actresses have performed there such as April Ashley and Marie-Pier Ysser.

In 1958 Coccinelle underwent sex reassignment surgery in Casablanca under Doctor Georges Burou. When Coccinelle returned to France she became a media sensation like that of Christine Jorgensen in the USA.

In 1962 Coccinelle starred in the film “Los Viciosos” and became the very first transsexual woman to become a star.

An activist for transgender people Coccinelle founded the organisation “Devenir Femme” or in English “To Become a Woman”. This organisation provides emotional and practical support to people who are seeking sex reassignment surgery.

She also helped to establish “The Centre for Aid, Research and Information for Transsexuality and Gender Identity.” Coccinelle’s first marriage in the year of 1960, was the first ever transsexual union to be recognised by the French government and established transgendered persons’ legal right to marry.

In October of 2006 Coccinelle suffered a stroke and sadly died in Marseille.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Wow - she was quite a lady!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I think she was wonderful and a pioneer :)

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Isn't history fascinating when the truth is disclosed rather than concealed.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      That is our goal here, sligobay. Thanks for your comment.

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Exactly right sligobay, Ian and I are on a quest to reach this goal :)

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Read my Tri-sexual article and you will see that I have only begun to scratch the surface of the history of LGBT oppression in society. Gerry

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Gerry we certainly will :) x

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Read the Epic of Gilgamesh and about his grief when he loses his best mate. It is much like that of Alexander the Great; such intensity.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      We certainly will thanks again Sligo :)

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