Dresden names its street after the ‘world’s first trans woman’

The German city of Dresden has named a street after a person commonly referred to as the “world’s first trans woman”.

Progressive city authorities in Dresden have named a new connecting street after Danish painter Einar Wegener, whom they describe as the “world’s first trans woman”.

Although he lived most of his life as a man, Wegener eventually gave up his male identity to live as Lili Elbe, undergoing one of the world’s first sex reassignment surgeries in 1930.

Conducted under the supervision of gynecologist Kurt Warnekros and sexuality theorist Magnus Hirschfeld, the procedure involved the removal of Wegener’s penis and testicles, before a vagina and ovaries were transplanted into his body.

The painter died in Dresden a year later, apparently due to complications from a fifth surgery related to his gender reassignment.

Speaking on the decision to name the new street after Wegener, the town’s mayor, Dirk Hilbert, hailed the painter as a “pioneer”.

“I am very happy that here in Dresden we are honoring the world’s first transgender woman and pioneer in the fight for recognition and equality for the queer community by naming the street after Lili Elbe,” said the mayor, a member of the so-called right. Free Democratic Party, remarked.

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