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Becoming Jes Simmons: From Gender Dysphoria to Authenticity

Jes Simmons’ relationship with her transness growing up in Natchez was not only indescribable to her personally, but also to the rest of her world. Christine Jorgensen, the United States’ first widely known openly trans person, had only recently come into the public eye in 1952, and the words transgender and gender dysphoria were hardly the mots du jour they are now.