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America's first transgender?

Today we added quite a special person to our inventory: the Earl of Clarendon. Between 1701 and 1708 he was governor of New York and New Jersey. He was accused of corruption, moral decay and being a cross-dresser. Allegedly, he opened the 1702 New York Assembly dressed as a woman. Today, this allegation is subject to debate. Some suggest the crossdressing was an invention of political opponents. Others suggest he might have been a transgender.

7 May in history

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