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You thought you were the only one, or maybe there are several of us out there but, well, our faces and names are not really something to publish?

I think you will be pleasently surprised to know that there are quite a few famous FtM's that have not only had their names and faces in print but are well known for what they did in their life time.

The source where I hve found the pictures and/or text is listed with each entry.

Hey, did you ever think of how the Statue of Liberty is not totally "feminine" in her looks? Well built arms, masiculine facial features and a very robust body are just a few of the features one might find in a FtM. Just some food for thought.

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Dorothy Lucille Tipton/Billy Tipton
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'''Billy Lee Tipton''' (December 29 1914 - January 21, 1989) was a United States jazz pianist and saxophonist. Billy was born as Dorothy Lucille Tipton in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Around 1933 she took a role of a male musician and finally got into a band in Kansas City, Missouri. During the Great Depression and World War II, he played with bands of Jack Teagarden and Ross Carlyle, among others. In 1954 he formed the Billy Tipton Trio with drummer Dick O'Neal and bass player Ron Kilde and played with them for more than ten years. After his career he settled down as an entertainment agent in Spokane, Washington. Tipton was married five times, the last time in 1960 to nightclub dancer Kitty Oakes. He told each of his wives that he had been in a grave car accident that had left him with unhealed ribs, genital disfigurement and sterility. He also adopted three boys and became a scoutmaster. Only his parents, brother, and cousins knew he had been born female. In 1989 he suffered from hemorrhaging ulcers and refused to call a doctor. After his death in January 1989, the coroner told his family the truth. None of his adopted sons, ex-wives, associates or band members have admitted to previously knowing the gender assigned to him at birth. The 1991 song "Tipton" by folksinger Phranc is a tribute to Billy Tipton. The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet is a successful all-woman music group from the United States, and named in tribute to Billy Tipton.
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Billy-Tipton

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Susan Gottlieb/Phranc
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Bursting onto the L.A. punk scene in 1985 like the proverbial breath of fresh air, self-proclaimed Jewish lesbian folksinger Phranc has one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business. Born Susan Gottlieb in Los Angeles in 1957, Phranc began as a folksinger in the '70s before becoming a member of L.A. hardcore bands Catholic Discipline and Nervous Gender. Tiring of the genre's sexist and fascist leanings, she picked up her acoustic guitar again and debuted with Folksinger in 1985 -- a spare affair that tackled such topical and taboo subjects of the time like lesbianism, L.A. coroner Thomas Noguchi and "Female Mudwrestling." Delivered in Phranc's unique, forthright punk/folk style, the album received critical endorsement but never led to wider acceptance. Signed to Island by 1989, she enlisted the services of a band to play on the more fleshed-out I Enjoy Being a Girl, which included one of her trademark odes to a female sports figure in "Martina" (as in Navratilova). She followed it with 1991's Positively Phranc, a return to the spare style with which she made her mark. For the 1995 EP Goofyfoot, she paired up with Team Dresch's Donna Dresch and other Olympia, WA underground female musicians for a collection of novelty songs. During the four-year period she didn't record, Phranc occasionally performed in drag as Neil Diamond. Though not extremely prolific, Phranc was and is an icon among alternative and lesbian musicians, as well as folksingers everywhere.
http://www.mp3.com/phranc/artists/2653/biography.html

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Hanna Snell-James Gray
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"Why gentlemen, James Gray will cast off his skin like a snake and become a new creature. In a word, gentlemen, I am as much a woman as my mother ever was, and my real name is Hannah Snell." --The Female Soldier, 1750

On 2 June 1750, in a local London pub, a young marine stunned his fellow soldiers by announcing that "he" was really a woman in disguise. For over two years Hannah Snell had concealed her true sex while serving in a regiment of the Royal Marines. She had sailed to India through great storms and fought in mud-filled trenches at the siege of Pondicherry. She claims to have been severely injured in the battle.

Having recovered from the shock of this revelation, Hannah's mates encouraged her to make the most of her extraordinary story and suggested that she request a pension from the head of the English army, the Duke of Cumberland. Hannah followed this advice and approached the Duke on 16 June 1750 while he was reviewing troops in St. James's Park. Surprised by the curious figure standing before him, the Duke accepted a petition from Hannah, which detailed her many adventures.

Within days, news of Hannah's exploits had trickled into the London press and the public clamoured for more information. Eager to profit from this notoriety, Hannah immediately sold her story to the London publisher, Robert Walker. Her appearances on stage in uniform caused a sensation, and the news of her adventures quickly spread across Britain.

In November 1750, the Royal Chelsea Hospital officially recognised Snell's military service and granted her a lifetime pension. She lived for another forty years, marrying twice and raising two sons. In 1791, Snell was admitted to the lunatic asylum, Bedlam, where she died six months later.
http://www.users.bigpond.com/ShipStreetPress/Snell/

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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
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Even in uniform Dr Mary Walker was controversial - she added trousers under her skirt, wore a man's uniform jacket and carried two pistols at all times. Her military career was not actually military in that she was never commissioned. She was refused a commission as an army surgeon, but served on a volunteer basis at a Washington D.C. hospital. She worked as a field surgeon near the Union front lines for almost two years (including Fredericksburg and in Chattanooga after the Battle of Chickamauga), then was appointed assistant surgeon of the 52nd Ohio Infantry. After spending four months in a Richmond prison, she was released back to the 52nd Ohio as a contract surgeon, but spent the rest of the war practicing at a Louisville female prison and an orphan's asylum in Tennessee. During her stay with the 52nd Ohio it is implied that she also served as a spy while wandering out in to the civilian community to treat the sick and starving.

Her official "service record" reads as follows:

Dr. Mary E. Walker (1832 - 1919) Rank and organization: Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon (civilian), U. S. Army. Places and dates: Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861 Patent Office Hospital, Washington, D.C., October 1861 Following Battle of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Tennessee September 1863 Prisoner of War, Richmond, Virginia, April 10, 1864 - August 12, 1864 Battle of Atlanta, September 1864. Entered service at: Louisville, Kentucky Born: 26 November 1832, Oswego County, N.Y.
http://www.undelete.org/military/mil3walker.html

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Loreta Janeta Velazquez,Lieutenant Harry T. Buford
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The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Otherwise Known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate States Army. In Which Is Given Full Descriptions of the Numerous Battles in which She Participated as a Confederate Officer; of Her Perilous Performances as a Spy, as a Bearer of Despatches, as a Secret-Service Agent, and as a Blockade-Runner; of Her Adventures Behind the Scenes at Washington, including the Bond Swindle; of her Career as a Bounty and Substitute Broker in New York; of Her Travels in Europe and South America; Her Mining Adventures on the Pacific Slope; Her Residence among the Mormons; Her Love Affairs, Courtships, Marriages, &c., &c.:as a Spy, as a Bearer of Despatches, as a Secret-Service Agent, and as a Blockade-Runner; of Her Adventures Behind the Scenes at Washington, including the Bond Swindle; of her Career as a Bounty and Substitute Broker in New York; of Her Travels in Europe and South America; Her Mining Adventures on the Pacific Slope; Her Residence among the Mormons; Her Love Affairs, Courtships, Marriages,
http://docsouth.unc.edu/velazquez/velazquez.html