Lili Elbe

Lili Elbe
Lili Elbe 1926.jpg
Lili Elbe in 1926
BornEinar Magnus Andreas Wegener
(1882-12-28)28 December 1882
Vejle, Denmark
Died13 September 1931(1931-09-13) (aged 48)
Dresden, Germany
Other namesLili Ilse Elvenes

Lili Ilse Elvenes (28 December 1882 – 13 September 1931), better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable[1] recipients of sex reassignment surgery.[2] Elbe was born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener[3] and was a successful painter under that name. During this time she also presented as Lili (sometimes spelled Lily) and was publicly introduced as Einar's sister. After successfully transitioning in 1930, she changed her legal name to Lili Ilse Elvenes[4] and stopped painting altogether. The name Lili Elbe was given to her by Copenhagen journalist Louise Lassen.[5] She died from complications involving a uterus transplant.[6][7][8] Her autobiography, Man into Woman, was posthumously published in 1933.[9]

Early life

It is generally believed that Elbe was born in 1882, in Vejle, Denmark. Her year of birth is sometimes stated as 1886, which appears to be from a book about her which has some facts changed to protect the identities of the persons involved. Facts about the life of Elbe's wife Gerda Gottlieb suggest that the 1882 date is correct, as they married while at college in 1904, when she would have been just eighteen if the 1886 date were correct.[10][11]

It is likely that Elbe was intersex,[12][13][14][15] although that has been disputed.[16] Some reports indicate that she already had rudimentary ovaries in her abdomen[6] and she may have had Klinefelter syndrome.[17][better source needed]

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العربية: ليلي إلب
asturianu: Lili Elbe
български: Ейнар Вегенер
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dansk: Lili Elbe
Deutsch: Lili Elbe
español: Lili Elbe
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euskara: Lili Elbe
فارسی: لیلی البه
føroyskt: Lili Elbe
français: Lili Elbe
galego: Lili Elbe
한국어: 릴리 엘베
Հայերեն: Լիլի Էլբե
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italiano: Lili Elbe
עברית: לילי אלבה
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Nederlands: Lili Elbe
polski: Lili Elbe
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română: Lili Elbe
русский: Лили Эльбе
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Türkçe: Lili Elbe
українська: Лілі Ельбе
اردو: للی ایلب
Tiếng Việt: Lili Elbe