This is perhaps the most tantalizing clue to where “transgenderist” may have originated. According to this 1975 letter, Frye first discovered the term in Sussie Collins’, magazine, Female Impersonator News. Sussie Collins was the national Director of the United Transvestite and Transexual Society – one of the early TS/TV national organizations, formed in 1973.
Consider what the United Transvestite and Transexual Society (formed in 1973) had to say about the idea of community. As you’re reading the following announcement, remember that this was a national organization that helped give rise to a community of trans people that went on to pass their goals and values on to a later