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Out of the Ordinary


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Foreword by Susan Stryker

Editors' Note

"In His Own Way, In His Own Time": An Introduction to Out of the Ordinary Out of the Ordinary

Author's Introduction

Part I. Conquest of the Body
1. Birth and Origins
2. The Nursery
3. Schooldays
4. Oxford
5. War-The Darkest of DaysPart II. Conquest of the Mind
6. Medical Student
7. Resident Medical Officer
8. Surgeon M.N.
9. On the Haj
10. Round the World
11. Interlude Ashore
12. The Last Voyage
13. Imji Getsul

Michael Dillon / Lobzang Jivaka: A Timeline


About the Author

Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka (Author)
Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka (1915-62) was an English physician, the first female-to-male post-operative transsexual, and a Buddhist monastic novice.
Jacob Lau (Edited By)
Jacob Lau is a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow through the Program for Faculty Diversity in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cameron Partridge (Edited By)
Cameron Partridge is an Episcopal priest, theologian, scholar of trans and religious studies, and an openly transgender man. He has taught at Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Episcopal Divinity School and is currently the rector of St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in San Francisco.
Susan Stryker (Foreword By)
Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. She has written and edited several books including, most recently, Transgender History.


. . . Dillon's memoir charts his wide-ranging life of education, gender transition, and conversion to Buddhism. . .show(s) continuity of concerns with those of transgender individuals today. * Publishers Weekly *
First and foremost, [Dillon/Jivaka] was a seeker after truth, who traveled wherever his queries led him. His peregrinations from Laura to Michael to Lobzang were all of a piece, as spiritual and metaphysical as they were intellectual and transsexual and medical. -- Susan Stryker, from the foreword
The importance of this work to the history of sexuality-and especially to the history of transsexuality-cannot be overstated. -- Jose Ignacio Cabezon * University of California, Santa Barbara *
Blocked from publication in the 1960s and then hidden in a warehouse in London, Michael Dillon's autobiography moldered away for decades in the darkness. Now, for the first time ever, it has burst into print. The book illuminates the life of one of the ground-breaking transgender pioneers of the 20th century. Just important, it is a suspenseful and heart-breaking tale that begins at the English seaside and ends with a mysterious death in the Himalayan mountains. In his gripping autobiography, Dillon finds new answers to enduring questions about gender. At the same time, he never manages to solve the puzzle of his own identity and dies in the pursuit of transcendence. Dillon's memoir deserves a place alongside the great spiritual narratives, from Augustine to Merton. This edition is beautifully put together, with an introduction and notes supplied by a trio of scholars who have immersed themselves in Dillon's life history. -- Pagan Kennedy * The First Man-Made Man *

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