This year to celebrate Women’s History Month I decided I wanted to create a series of paintings of influential Trans women. With the laws being passed around the United States right now, it felt particularly important to honor our Trans elders.
I also wanted to support the LGBT+ individuals currently in Ukraine. 60% of the proceeds of these original pieces will be donated to Insight Ukraine. I really do wish I could donate 100% of the proceeds but I am not at a point where I am able to eat the cost of these prints and shipping them. Maybe someday!
CW: Nazi violence
The portrait this week celebrating women’s history month features one of the women who received one of the very first gender-reassignment surgeries. Dora Richter (born 1891) was born in a rural German village and was adamant enough about her identity that her parents allowed her to live and dress as a girl throughout her childhood.
She moved to Berlin and worked as a waiter and was jailed several times for dressing in women's clothes. Her life began to change when, according to 'Them.com', she met "Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, who promised her employment at his Institute for Sexual Science in BerlinShe worked as a housemaid for the institute while she began receiving gender-affirming care. Several other transgender women worked in various roles in this clinic as well.
"It’s believed that Dora received one of the Institute’s first full reassignments in 1931 when she was 40 years old."
In 1933, Nazis attacked the institute and surrounding area, and it is believed that Dora was killed during the attack or was sent to a camp and died there. Dora Richter was nearly erased from history but thankfully we are still able to share her story today.
Dimensions: 6 x 9-inch or 15.2 x 22.9 cm
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