Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Danish Girl Film Plot Differs from History

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Danish Girl Film Plot Differs from History

Article excerpt

TRANSGENDER people often struggle in many ways: first to understand themselves, then to seek the support and love they deserve, and to find a place in society where they can just be themselves.

But what about the very first person who completed that journey in life?

Lili Ilse Elvenes, better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Elbe was born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener and was a successful artist under that name.

The Danish Girl is set in Copenhagen in the early 1920s.

Danish artist Gerda Wegener painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in a portrait.

When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance to female and took the name Lili Elbe.

With a passion for feminism and Gerda's support, Einar - or Elbe - attempted the first male to female sex reassignment surgery. It was a decision that had a massive impact on their marriage as Gerda realised her own husband was no longer a man or the person she married. …

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