I took a journalism class when I attended the University of Connecticut in 1972.
Our professor randomly assigned stories to us budding reporters. One of my assignments was to report on a talk that Christine Jorgensen was presenting at the University, coincidentally in Jorgensen Auditorium.
As a closeted crossdressing 21-year-old, I was thrilled with the assignment, but had to feign disinterest so as not to give anything away!
I attended the talk and was in awe of the woman, who used to be a man.
I had seen photos, but had never encountered a trans-person in person, at least, not to my knowledge. Seeing Christine up on the stage giving her talk was my first trans-encounter and it was a very positive experience. There was no doubt in my mind that Christine was really a woman and it gave me pause that maybe I was one, too.
Actor Bradford Louryk femulating on stage in Christine Jorgensen Reveals, 2006.
Wearing Marc New York.