Today’s Date: Come out and enjoy

Today is ‘International coming out day for transvestites and transexuals’. The date was set in 2007 to honour Christine Jorgensen’s birthday. Jorgensen famously underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 1952 at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Denmark’s role in gender reassignment recently became prominent following the worldwide success of ‘The Danish Girl’ last winter, which recounts the story of Danish artist Lili Elbe’s journey as a transgender pioneer. (GD)