Virginia Prince established, edited, and
wrote for the magazine
Transvestia. As editor and writer
Transvestia, Prince collected newspaper clippings,
magazine articles, cartoons, and photographs on cross dressing that appeared in other
print media outlets. The clippings date from the 1930s to 1970s. She subscribed to a
news service which scanned a number of publications across the country, and sent
clippings to her. The clippings file served as a resource for the magazine.
Virginia Prince was born a male on November 23, 1912, in Los Angeles. She began
cross-dressing at about the age of twelve, at first using her mother's clothes. In
1939, she received a PhD in pharmacology from the University of California, San
Francisco. As a research assistant and lecturer in pharmacology, Prince used the
opportunity of access to the medical library to become acquainted with medical
literature on transvestism.
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