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Billy Tipton (born in 1914 as Dorothy Lucille Tipton) was a notable American jazz musician and bandleader who lived as a man in all aspects of his life from the 1940s until his death.
His own son did not know of his past until Tipton's death.
Before Western contact, some Native American tribes had third gender people whose social roles varied from tribe to tribe.
People dressing and living differently from their sex assignment at birth and contributing to various aspects of American history and culture have been documented from the 17th century to the present day.
In 1952, using Virginia Prince's correspondence network for its initial subscription list, a handful of other transgender people in Southern California launched Transvestia: The Journal of the American Society for Equality in Dress, which published two issues.The Society that launched the journal also only briefly existed in Southern California.The incident was sparked by police harassment of LGBT people at a 24-hour cafe called "Cooper Do-nuts".She also lost this case, and was sentenced to jail time, along with her then husband Ruben Anderson.After serving their sentences, they relocated to Los Angeles, where they lived quietly until her death in 1954.