FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2009

Christine Jorgensen Reveals to Benefit Transgender Advocacy Organization

Proceeds from Bradford Louryk's Performance on March 10 will Benefit the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and PFLAG New York City


NEW YORK - The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) announces it will benefit from a portion of the proceeds of Bradford Louryk's performance of "Christine Jorgensen Reveals" at the Lion Theatre in Manhattan on Tuesday, March 10.

The play tells the story of Christine Jorgensen, America's first famous transsexual, through a lip-synced recreation of her only recorded interview.  Her very public life after her 1952 sex reassignment surgery was a model for other transsexuals for decades.  She was ahead of her time in understanding gender identity as a social construct.  The play has won the 2006 Drama Desk Award and numerous other accolades and honors in New York and abroad. 

"We are thrilled Bradford Louryk has agreed to extend a portion of "Christine Jorgensen Reveals'" proceeds to us," TLDEF executive director Michael Silverman said. "Christine was a pioneer in the efforts to bring basic dignity to the lives of transgender Americans. And Louryk's performance will bring this legacy to a whole new audience." 

PFLAG New York City is the show's other beneficiary. 

"Christine Jorgensen Reveals" will take place at the Lion Theatre (410 W. 42nd St.) on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm. Tickets cost $40 and are available at www.transgenderlegal.org.