Mark Weston

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When Mark Weston became a public figure in the British press in the 1930s, he was given a warm welcome befitting of an age of scientific optimism. He had been a star athlete before he transitioned, setting national records in shot-put and discus, which he gave up after he began wondering if he was actually a man, believing it wasn’t fair for him to compete in women’s events if he wasn’t a woman. In the context of the time period and Magnus Hirschfeld‘s theories on the multiplicity of possible sexes, he was viewed as a curiosity, and reporters used the correct pronouns to refer to him. When interviewed he stated his goals to live a quiet life as a masseur with his wife (who he married immediately after being pronounced legally male) in the town where he grew up, where his neighbors supported him and his desire to be left alone.

 

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