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TransHistorical: Transcending historical boundaries; eternal

On this day, June 16th, 1951, Louis Graydon Sullivan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sullivan was the founder of FTM International and is considered the first trans man to die of AIDS. He had a difficult time acquiring hormones and gender reaffirming surgeries, as he was a gay trans man, something doctors had deemed impossible at the time. Sullivan was an avid researcher of trans* history, being a founding board member of the GLBT Historical Archive and writing a biography of Jack Bee Garland, a San Francisco Bay Area trans man who lived during the turn of the century. 

Sullivan passed away in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986, leaving behind a hefty collection of documents and newspaper articles.

If you live in the Bay Area, you should check out Sullivan’s collection, which is easily accessible through the SF downtown library’s historical archives. 

For more videos and information on Lou Sullivan, check out this article on OutHistory

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