Reed Erickson, as the title and content of this exhibit makes clear, was a pioneering transgender activist who used the wealth which his class privilege provided to support public education and activism about transgender lives and issues at a time when very little public attention was focused on the topic.
Ada Bello, who wrote this account of Erickson’s life and work, was motivated to do it because she knew Erickson earlier in life when Erickson was part of the Philadelphia lesbian community. Bello has supplemented her own knowledge of Erickson with a good deal of research to offer us an accessible biographical portrait of this key figure in the transgender freedom movement in the United States.
Published April 5, 2016. Last edit November 15, 2020 by Jonathan Ned Katz indicated by words in brackets [ ].