Anne Ogborn

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Anne Ogborn is a transgender rights activist who was born in Salina, Kansas in 1959. According to Patrick Califia she "should be credited as a forerunner of transgender direct action groups."[1] She is a software engineer.[2]

Transgender activism[edit]

Ogborn was an early practitioner of direct action in support of transgender rights.[1] For instance, in 1991, transsexual woman Nancy Burkholder was expelled from the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, a preeminent lesbian event. Ogborn coordinated a direct action, Camp Trans, to protest the transphobia of the festival leaders.[1]

The first transsexual organization that Ogborn founded was KCGS, the Kansas City Gender Society. Ogborn started Transgender Nation,[3] the transgender focus group of Queer Nation in San Francisco which included a new transgender caucus to fight transphobia in local debates.[4] In 1993, Ogborn and Transgender Nation members protested the American Psychiatric Association's listing of transsexualism as a psychiatric disorder, and medical colonization of transsexual people's lives.

Ogborn was an early participant and organizer of the New Womens Conference, a retreat for post-operative transsexual women. She edited its newsletter, "Rights of Passage", which would later become the Transsexual News Telegraph.[5] Her involvement with the New Womens Conference informed much of her later work.

Ogborn joined the Hijra community[6] in 1994.

She continues her activism for transgender and human rights.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Patrick Califia (18 September 2013). Sex Changes: Transgender Politics. Cleis Press. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-57344-892-5. 
  2. ^ Dan Levy; David Tuller (May 28, 1993). "Transgender People Coming Out - Opening Up the World of Drag". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A1. 
  3. ^ Sharon E. Preves (Fall 2005). "Out of the O.R. and Into The Streets: Exploring the Impact of Intersex Media Activism". Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender. 
  4. ^ Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. First Printing edition. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2008.
  5. ^ "Editorial Expanding Our Focus". Transsexual News Telegraph. 3: 1–2. January 1992. 
  6. ^ Brown, Candice (1998), "Indian Hijras to Visit United States", Transgender Tapestry, retrieved August 4, 2016 
  7. ^ Stryker, Susan, Ph.D. (2008). Transgender History. Berkeley, California: Seal Press. ISBN 978-1-58005-224-5. OCLC 183914566.