Christine Jorgensen was the first person widely known to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the United States. She was also the first trans-activist who encouraged transsexual people to change their birth certificates and live their true identity in every way.
I discovered these photographs while looking through LIFE magazine archives, and was struck by how bizarre they are, but more fascinating is how they seem to forecast pop culture's fascination with animals being cute in human ways. In the early 1940s, LIFE reported on a story whereby a woman had adopted an orphaned baby squirrel
The Teddies were the first group to set them selves apart as a culture based on the fact that they were teenagers. This is literally the beginning of youth culture as we have come to know it.
For your consideration, here is a selection of photos that capture emotional relationships between animals and soldiers.
The Boozefighters MC was founded in 1946 by WWII vet William Forkner and ironically named after, you guessed it, his fondness for a good stiff drink. Comprised mostly of fellow servicemen, they pushed their bikes and themselves to the limit. These guys were a notable presence in the 47' Gypsy Tours in Hollister, California; an event that helped shape biker culture as we know it and was the inspiration for 1953 film, The Wild One.