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Ari Kane

Ari Kane Crossdresser, activist, educator, born 1938

Crossdresser, activist, educator, born 1938
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Intro Crossdresser, activist, educator, born 1938
Countries United States of America
Occupations Activist
Type Activism
Gender genderqueer
Birth 1936
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Ariadne "Ari" Kane is a Crossdresser, activist, educator, and one of the founders of the Fantasia Fair. Kane identifies as Nonbinary, specifically "androgyne-bigender." Kane also identifies as Bisexual, and has since the late 90s, before the popularization of the term. Kane was born in Joseph DeMaio in 1936. Kane is of Greek descent and grew up in New York City. In 1958 Kane completed a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics, Mathematics and Chemistry at City College, New York, and undertook graduate work in biophysics at New York University and University of Buffalo. Kane also holds a doctorate of Education from Institute for Advanced Study of Sexuality and is an assistant professor of sexology at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Kane also runs Theseus Counseling Services which specializes in gender issues. Kane's practice is still operating in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kane "came out of the closet" in 1971, and oversaw the restructuring and relocation of the cross dressing support group, the Boston Gamma chapter of Tri-Sigma (later the Tiffany Club, the Cherrystone Club, then the Mayflower Club). In 1975 Kane founded the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute (later named the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies), an organization dedicated to public education and to working with the health professionals who serve the community. Through the Institute, Kane has been tireless in efforts to educate mental health professionals. Kane has given informative seminars at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the Association for Humanistic Psychology, the American Society for Criminal Justice Professionals, the American Society of Sociology, and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. In 1978, 1979, and 1980 the Institute organized international conferences focused exclusively on the social, medical, and legal aspects of transgendered behavior. Kane has presented on transgender issues in classrooms at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the departments of nursing, medicine, criminal justice, psychology, and sociology at Harvard, Boston University, and elsewhere. Kane also contributed when the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care for Transsexuals were first written in 1978. In 1975, Kane also co-founded Fantasia Fair(which is still being held), with Betty-Ann Lind and other members of the Cherrystone Club which was originally an annual gathering for Cross-dressing men, their partners, and medical and other professionals working with the Transgender and Transsexual community. Fantasia Fair now welcomes Trans men. On the foundation of the event, Kane says: Fan/Fair (the abbreviated version) was conceived of in 1974. It struck me that we could create a dynamic program of activities that were educational, social and practical for all CDs [Crossdressers] & TSs [Transsexuals] who were willing to come out from the "closets" of shame, guilt and shyness. I believed that, in a tolerant and open community, they could learn some things about being femme or masculine; get much needed help about comportment and presentation and, have truly educational experience out of the "closet". It was with this guiding premise that Fan/Fair was created. It was with the help and financial backing of 3 members of the Boston Cherrystone Club and myself that Fan/Fair 1 became a reality in 1975. The website of the Fair is here. Kane published a book called Crossing Sexual Boundaries: Transgender Journeys, Uncharted Paths in 2005 as "J. Ari Kane-Demaios," in conjunction with Vern Bullough. The book is a collection of autobiographies of Trans-people, many of whom have made major impact on the growth and recognition of the Transgender Phenomenon as a positive, viable lifestyle during their lives. “We tried to involve contributors from all sectors of the gender spectrum, including androgynes, non operative and post-operative, individuals, spouses and close friends of T people” but the editors carefully restricted the sample to middle-class white persons, and, with only one exception, to US citizens, and excluded sex workers and any who had a male spouse. More information on Kane (including Kane's personal correspondences), and on the Fantasia Fair are available through the Rikki Swin collection of the The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria.

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