Veronica Friedman papers

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
657 Mission Street, #300
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 777-5455
reference@glbthistory.org
http://www.glbthistory.org/
2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Veronica Friedman papers
Dates: 1980-1982
Collection Number: 1994-01
Creator/Collector: Friedman, Veronica
Extent: 0.2 linear feet
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: Veronica Friedman’s papers cover the time period from 1980 through 1982, the year of her gender transitioning, and consist primarily of diary entries, written notes, and correspondence with her family and roommate-friend-sometimes lover. Her papers document her coming to terms with her gender and sexual identity, with new perceptions of herself and the world, and at the same time with the world perceiving her in a different way.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Preferred Citation

Veronica Friedman papers. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Morgan Lawrence, D.C. in 1994.

Scope and Content of Collection

Veronica Friedman, born in 1945, was a Male-to-Female transsexual. From childhood on she knew that her “body was wrong.” In 1968 she married her wife Gail and they had two children. In 1980 she began participating in the Gender Program at Stanford, shortly after “coming out” to her wife. They separated and were finally divorced in 1982, which also meant the separation from the two children. Friedman’s papers cover the time period from 1980 through 1982, the year of her gender transitioning, and consist primarily of diary entries, written notes, and correspondence with her family and roommate-friend-sometimes lover. Her papers document her coming to terms with her gender and sexual identity, with new perceptions of herself and the world, and at the same time with the world perceiving her in a different way. Friedman died sometime around 1986 of brain tumor.

Indexing Terms

Transgender people
Transsexuals--identity
Diaries

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