"Mary Anderson (alias Murray Hall) passed for over 25 years as a man. During that time, she voted, married twice, and became a prominent New York politician in the 1880s and 1890s. She had breast cancer for years, and was near death when she finally confided in a doctor. The doctor neither cured her nor kept her secret, and she died amid public scandal. (Out In All Directions, 1995, p. 58)”
Just another story where a queer/trans* person is disenfranchised by the medical establishment. Circa the 1800s. Amazing how many things have changed since then - Stonewall, the Civil Rights movement, feminism, etc, yet some things stay completely stagnant.