In Memoriam: The Grandmother of Us All
On Saturday, May 02, 2009, Virgina Prince passed away at the age of 96. She had been healthy and vibrant up until a month before her passing, when she went dramatically down hill.
Dr. Prince was the originator of the cross dressers club phenomenon that now runs throughout the US and Canada, as well as the editor of Transvestia, the first cross dresser magazine available by general subscription.
The founder of Tri-Ess, the cross dressing sorority, she was for many years from the 1950s on, the public face of cross dressing in the US.
While Virginia held views that were not popular with all members of the trans community, her contribution to the self-respect of heterosexual transvestites and the creation of a CD community is undeniable.
At a time when there was little sympathy for trans folk, she defied convention by being public and insisting that we deserved space in society.
She was indirectly responsible for the formation of the old Ottawa transgender support group and Gender Freedom.