Lou Sullivan



Louis Graydon Sullivan | Trans oral history | 14358

Louis Graydon Sullivan was born on 16 June 1951 and died on 2 March 1991. Lou was born Sheila Jean Sullivan, and was known for his work on behalf of trans men, and for founding Female to Male International. He argued that sexual orientation and gender identity are totally unrelated. He was also a highly regarded writer.

Sullivan grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to San Francisco with his partner. In 1986, after completed trans surgery, he was diagnosed with HIV, and died of AIDS in 1991, aged 39.

Sullivan wrote the first guidebook for female to male persons, and other books, and was a founding member and board member of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. His personal and activist papers are preserved by the society.



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