September 13

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences   |  Grand Rounds Series

"The Case of Jorge/Marta Olmos, Mexico's First Gender Reassignment, 1952-1954"

Friday, Sept 13, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location Institute of Psychiatry-1st Floor Auditorium, 67 President Street Charleston, SC 29425

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosts bimonthly Grand Rounds that span the academic year.

Join us as we host Dr. Victor Macias-Gonzalez, Professor of History and WGSS, The University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. The lecture presents the political, cultural, and social circumstances of Mexico's first case of gender reassignment in 1952-1954. The primary sources analyzed are the daily press in Mexico City and the patient's medical file. The presentation analyzes the different narratives that appeared in Mexican and Mexican American newspapers to understand evolving attitudes towards homosexuality and transgender.

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit(s)™.  At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

1. Understand the political ramifications of Mexico's first gender reassignment in 1954.

2. Understand the Mexican attitudes toward homosexuality and transgender.


Unable to attend in person? Register for our live stream. Go to:    

Session Number: 648 890 973

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.




Víctor M. Macías-González is Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.  A native of El Paso, Texas and UTEP alum (BA ’92, MA ’95), Macías-González received his doctorate in Latin American History and Letters from Texas Christian University in 1999, and accepted his position in La Crosse in 2000. Macías-González has focused his service on retention of historically underrepresented students and faculty, and outreach to the growing Latino population in the La Crosse area.  He has developed a number of award-winning mentoring programs for high achieving minority undergraduates in the liberal arts, Latina women, African American males, as well as an outreach program for Latino families with children exploring college.  Macías-Gonzalez has worked with area schools, hospitals and businesses to provide training in Latino cultural competency.  From 2001 to 2012, he directed the Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies.  He has received national recognition for his work designing retention programs for high-achieving minority students in the Liberal Arts.  Macías-González has been a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota (2008) and received a summer research fellowship from the University of Chicago in 2006, the inaugural research fellowship in LGBT Studies from Yale University (2015), and has been appointed Research Fellow in the Latino Research Initiative of the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Texas, Austin for 2018-2019.  His research interests are gender studies, especially masculinity and homosexuality, and the cultural history of Mexico’s long nineteenth century (1750-1930).  He has published nearly two dozen articles and book chapters on manuals of etiquette, consumption, portraits, interior decoration, diplomacy, the Mexican colony in Paris, and Mexican students in British boarding schools.   Macías-González coedited, with Anne Rubenstein, Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2012).    He is presently working on a monograph on the emergence of modern homosexuality in Mexico City, 1930-1960.   Whenever he is not in La Crosse, you can find Macías-González enjoying life in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he lives with his husband.   For more information, please visit this website: