Matthew Henson

Who was the first documented person to set foot on the North Pole? History classes have likely taught you that it was Robert Peary in 1909. That, dear reader, isn’t the whole truth. His co-explorer, Matthew Henson, was alongside Peary every step of the way, and likely reached the point first. Matthew Alexander Henson was … More Matthew Henson

Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen was the first person in the US to gain fame for having sex reassignment surgery. She used her celebrity status, despite its accompanying hardships, to advocate for the rights and acceptance of transgender people. She was born in The Bronx on May 30, 1926 to Danish-American parents. Jorgensen was aware that she identified … More Christine Jorgensen