Ladybug, the LGBTQ+ pioneer is on today’s Google doodle!


Happy Birthday, Ladybug!

Today, Google doodle celebrates the 91st birthday of Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy, the French actress, artist and singer. She is better known by her stage name Ladybug. Coccinelle was a pioneer in the LGBTQ+ community and the first French woman to undergo gender affirmation surgery.

Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy was born on August 23, 1931 in Paris. Designated male at birth, she grew up with a deep, inner sense of being a woman, as well as an interest in fashion and performance. After wearing a red dress with black polka dots to a party, a teenage Jacqueline earned herself the nickname Ladybird or Ladybug in English.

In 1953, Coccinelle made her stage debut at Madame Arthur, a cabaret in Paris, performing a song from the film Premier Rendez-Vous. She landed a role at the Carrousel de Paris, a popular music hall with many transgender performers, where her talent and stage presence captivated audiences.

Coccinelle became the first French celebrity to undergo gender affirmation surgery at a Casablanca clinic in 1958. It was illegal to wear clothes not associated with one’s assigned sex in France at the time, and the publicity surrounding her surgery highlighted LGBTQ+ rights. .

Back in France, Coccinelle quickly became an international icon. His cabaret show has toured the world, especially in Europe and South America. She also started acting in films like Europa Di Notte in 1959 and Los Viciosos in 1962.

In 1960, Coccinelle was married in a Catholic wedding ceremony, on the condition that she be rebaptized first. Unprecedented legally and religiously, her marriage enshrines the right of transgender people to marry in France.

While continuing to perform, she founded the organization Devenir Femme, which provided support for transgender people seeking gender-affirming surgery. She also helped organize the Center for Help, Research and Information on Transsexuality and Gender Identity. In 1987, she published an eponymous autobiography detailing her transition and stage career.

Ladybug’s legacy lives on in her work as people around the world continue to enjoy her music and films.

Source: Google doodles, Wikipedia

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