Reed Erickson

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“In addition to being a successful businessman, [wealthy female-to-male transgendered philanthropist Reed Erickson] was a nudist, New Age spiritualist, and recreational drug user. He flew his own planes, once sold his private yacht to Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, kept a pet leopard, believed in extrasensory perception and interspecies communication, and maintained a gated residential compound in Mazatlán, Mexico, that he named the Love Joy Palace. Erickson, who eventually became addicted to the powerful psychotropic drug ketamine and was under indictment in the United States on several drug-related charges, fled to the Love Joy Palace permanently in 1972; he died there in 1992 after many years of deteriorating physical and mental health.”

– Susan Stryker, from Transgender History, p. 79.

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About Bryan Cebulski

Historian, critic, author. Undercover queer. Aspiring P&C adventure protagonist. Collects bad habits like Jessica Rabbit.
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