Monday, October 13, 2008
October 13, 2008
News Shopper Online
THE reaction Mary Murdoch gets from walking down her street is very different to how she was greeted in Japan.
Born Malcolm Murdoch, the 68-year-old says she recently became the first transsexual geisha on a visit to Kyoto.
Mary, of Brownspring Drive, New Eltham, explained: “My ambition was to dress up as a geisha and at first they were reluctant.
“But in the end I convinced them. I was the first person to actually do this. They were very welcoming and put aside the normal rules for foreign tourists.
“Since then the Japanese government has a policy which says if there’s a female name on the passport then you may dress up as a geisha.”
Mary started having therapy at the Charing Cross Hospital in London four years ago.
Under the hospital's rules, she had to change her name and swap trousers for skirts, to make sure she would be comfortable turning her life inside-out.
She said: “The situation in the 60s was dreadful - it was hardly understood. People used to be given electro-shock therapy. . . .Read More