Transgender Pharao?

So I’m currently taking a Coursera class about Ancient Egypt, and in the last video I watched, the professor talked about the pharao Hatshepsut, who was born a woman but referred to herself/himself as “king” and “he”, and wore male clothes. To me, this sounds like maybe one of the earliest documented openly transgender people, and in a society nonetheless that apparently frowned upon it. Her/His name was erased from lists of pharaos, and even her/his image was erased, which is interpreted as a sign of deep disapproval, and of trying to make future generations forget her/him.

I think her/his name should be remembered, not forgotten. Kudos, Hatshepsut! Kudos for your bravery facing disapproval from your society and your priests.


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