G. Samantha Rosenthal

G. Samantha Rosenthal

G. Samantha Rosenthal is an associate professor of history at Roanoke College.


Gender-affirming care has a long history in the US – and not just for transgender people

By: - April 7, 2023

In 1976, a woman from Roanoke, Virginia, named Rhoda received a prescription for two drugs: estrogen and progestin. Twelve months later, a local reporter noted Rhoda’s surprisingly soft skin and visible breasts. He wrote that the drugs had made her “so completely female.” Indeed, that was the point. The University of Virginia Medical Center in […]