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Dorothea Leighton

Dorothea Leighton was born on September 2, 1908, in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. She was a social psychiatrist and one of the founders of the field of medical anthropology. In 1947 she and anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn published the book Children of the People: The Navaho Individual and His Development, which described their observations of Navaho gender expression. For more, see Native American LGBTQ+ Americans, 1528-1976, by Jonathan Ned Katz.