Denny at Race Point Beach, Cape Cod, 2010.
Asheville, North Carolina
|Education||Middle Tennessee State (B.S.), University of Tennessee (M.A.)|
|Occupation||Applied behavior analyst|
|Known for||Writing, education, policy development, and activism on behalf of transgendered and transsexual people|
Denny holds the M.A. degree in psychology from The University of Tennessee and the B.S. degree in psychology and sociology from Middle Tennessee State University. She was licensed to practice psychology in Tennessee from 1980 through the mid-1990s.
In 1990 Denny founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service (now Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc.). In the same year she started the Atlanta Gender Explorations Support Group and launched the print journal Chrysalis Quarterly. In 1993 she founded the National Transgender Library & Archive, which now resides in the Labadie Collection at The University of Michigan Library System. She was a founder of Atlanta's transgender Southern Comfort Conference and provided start up funding, through AEGIS, for the first FTM Conference of the Americas. She was Director of the transgender conference Fantasia Fair for five years and from 1999-2008 editor of Transgender Tapestry Journal, published by the International Foundation for Gender Education.
Since 1989 Denny has produced dozens of flyers, booklets, and medical advisories, contributed considerable content to Chrysalis, AEGIS' several newsletters, and Transgender Tapestry, and written a column for TG Forum. She wrote dozens of articles for transgender community magazines and newsletters, many of which were widely reprinted and eventually placed on the internet. In 1994 her book Gender Dysphoria: A Guide to Research was the first book-length contribution to the scientific literature of transsexualism produced by a transsexual. Her 1998 Current Concepts in Transgender Identity reprised John Money & Richard Green's text Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment. Today Denny publishes an online version of Chrysalis Quarterly.
Denny has received IFGE's Trinity and Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award and Real Life Experience's Transgender Pioneer Award.
- Denny, Dallas (Ed.). (1994). Gender dysphoria: A guide to research. New York: Garland Publishers.
- Denny, Dallas (Ed.). (1998). Current concepts in transgender identity. New York: Garland Publishers.
- Green, Richard, & Money, John (Eds.). (1969). Transsexualism and sex reassignment. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Virginia Prince Award Winners