Joseph Ariadne "Ari"
Kane-Demaios is the founder of the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies. Originally
named Joseph DeMaios, he officially came out as Ariadne "Ari" Kane in 1971.
Ari Kane Outreach Institute for Gender Studies
contains various documents, audio and video tapes, photographs, and
awards. These items were collected by, as well as given to, Kane chronicling the work
conducted by her institute and the annual coordination of Fantasia Fair, which is
considered to be the longest running annual event for crossdressers, transgenders, and
transsexuals in the world.
Joseph Ariadne "Ari" Kane-Demaios (1936-) was born and raised in New York
City. Ari is touted by Playboy magazine as the very definition of an Androgyny, meaning
that Ari is comfortable portraying both genders in society. During his childhood,
DeMaios cross-dressed just one time, which his parents found out about, prompting him to
cease all gender experimentation until later in life. DeMaios went on to receive a
Bachelor's of Science degree in Biophysics, Mathematics and Chemistry at City
College, New York in 1958 before commencing graduate work at New York University and the
University of Buffalo. From 1966-1968, DeMaios taught overseas at St. Stephen's
School in Rome and at the American College of Switzerland in Leysin. During this time,
DeMaios was able to cross-dress again for Fastnacht in Munich and Mardi Gras in Naples.
DeMaios eventually quit teaching, returned to the U.S., and went into designing. He
later opened a travel agency, in addition to working as an educational consultant and
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