Not a whole lot is known about this man, but this is what I could find. Jim McHarris was born in Meridian, Mississippi as Annie Lee Gordon, but early in his life exhibited a distaste for all things feminine except dating girls. His longtime friend Bishop Smiley Jones noted that young McHarris was not only attracted to women, but preferred men’s clothing and living as a man as well. He transitioned in his early teens and in 1939, began to move frequently to different cities around the country. As a restless traveler, the 5' 5" McHarris worked as a short order cook, cab driver, gas station attendant, auto mechanic, shipyard worker, and preacher. In 1953, he moved to Kosciusko, Mississippi, and began building a life. Over the next three months he became engaged to a woman, worked at a gas station, and became involved in the True Tabernacle Church. At the True Tabernacle Church, he was scheduled to be elevated to a deacon position even though the bishop reportedly knew of Jim’s assigned sex. In 1954, he was pulled over and arrested. As the officers pat him down, his assigned sex was revealed. Although it is not clear what motivated this action, in court, Jim stripped off all his clothes and revealed his breasts and genitalia in front of the judge and arresting officers to “prove” he was “born female.” Jim was sentenced to 30 days in jail at the prison farm. Jim dressed in men’s clothes but was housed with a female prisoner. After he was released from jail, the community shunned him and he left Kosciusko. In the 1954 EBONY article that featured his story, Jim said “I ain’t done nothing wrong and I ain’t breaking no laws.” Despite seemingly insurmountable odds, McHarris continued to live as a man until his death.