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Lucy Hicks Anderson: Black Transgender Pioneer of the 1940s

Lucy Hicks Anderson was a transgender woman living in Oxnard, CA for two decades before she was brought to court to defend her gender identity ​

Oxnard Press-Courier piece about Lucy Hicks Anderson's trial

About Blurred Bylines

Blurred Bylines is an effort to bring to light some of those perspectives that deserve their place in the public conscience. Unfortunately, a 24-hour media culture doesn’t allow for revisiting and re-assessing. We have to fight to bring to the surface new ideas and points of view. 

When the voices of entire communities, cultures and genders are rendered unimportant and ignored, lost in history and the present, it’s hard to not be angry. Our voices may just be one in millions of millions. But it’s when that same message gets said by millions of different people, that it starts to break through the cacophony.

Those perspectives have value and they should be shared. That progress deserves to be covered. And it’s up to us to ensure that happens. Keep reading about Blurred Bylines.

Gallus Mag, The Most Brutal Bouncer in 1860s New York

Gallus Mag, The Most Brutal Bouncer in 1860s New York   May 1, 2022 ~ By Shari Rose During the 1860s and 1870s, Gallus Mag was a prominent...

The Mayhem of Hell-Cat Maggie In New York City

The Mayhem of Hell-Cat Maggie In New York City   May 1, 2022 ~ By Shari Rose Hell-Cat Maggie was a terrifying fighter in the 1840s who aligned...

The Legend Of Sadie The Goat in New York City

The Legend Of Sadie The Goat in New York City   May 1, 2022 ~ By Shari Rose Sadie the Goat was known as a fierce river pirate in the late 1860s...

Lucy Hicks Anderson: Black Transgender Pioneer of the 1940s

Lucy Hicks Anderson was a transgender woman living in Oxnard, CA for 20 years before she was brought to court to defend her gender identity.

How Lani Ka’ahumanu Propelled Bisexual Visibility & Acceptance

Lani Ka’ahumanu advocates for bisexual inclusion and visibility in a culture that expects a rigid dichotomy of either gay or straight.

How Kara Robinson Outsmarted A Serial Killer

Kara Robinson Chamberlain was just 15 years old when she outsmarted serial killer Richard Evonitz and escaped her kidnapper.

Yuri Kochiyama At Intersection of Black Power & Asian Movements

Yuri Kochiyama’s activism in Harlem and her friendship with Malcolm X in the 1960s laid the foundation for a lifelong activist.

*Side Note: If you expected this website to be about Blurred Lines, the music video of fully clothed men “dancing” with naked women and a very blurry understanding of how consent works, thanks for making it this far.