Partner Marie Louise Perry

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Binghamton State Hospital, Binghamton, New York, Stati Uniti

Joseph Lobdell (born in 1829 as Lucy Ann Lobdell), was a 19th-century person assigned female at birth who lived as a man for sixty years.[1] His case is the first use of the word "lesbian" to denote a woman loving woman - as opposed to someone from the Isle of Lesbo.

20th-century scholars have labeled Lobdell a lesbian; others have argued that Lobdell was really a transgender man.[2] An 1877 New York Times article referred to Lobdell's life as "one of the most singular family histories ever recorded."[3] Writer William Klaber wrote an historical novel, The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell,[4] which was based on Lobdell's life.

Lucy Ann Lobdell was born December 2, 1829 to a working-class family living in Westerlo,[5] Albany County, New York. Lobdell married George Washington Slater, who was reportedly mentally abusive and abandoned Lobdell shortly after the birth of their daughter, Helen.[1] Lobdell was known for marksmanship and nicknamed "The Female Hunter of Delaware County."[2] He was also known to be an accomplished fiddle player and opened a singing school for a time.[6] Lobdell received a Civil War pension[7] when Slater was killed in the war.[6] Lobdell entered the County Poor House in Delhi, N.Y., in 1860, where he met Marie Louise Penny.[6] He later married Penny in 1861[8] in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

In 1879, Lobdell was taken away to the Willard Insane Asylum in Ovid, New York.[6] While in the asylum, Lobdell became a patient of Dr. P.M. Wise, who published a brief article "A Case of Sexual Perversion," in which the doctor noted Lobdell said "she considered herself a man in all that the name implies."[9]

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