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In 1926, Lili (then "Einar Wegener") and her wife, Gerda, were accomplished painters in Copenhagen. One day, Gerda asks Lili to stand in for their mutual friend, Ulla, who was supposed to model for her latest painting but canceled her appointment. After trying on women's clothing, Lili realizes that she is transgender. Gerda doesn't know what to make of her "husband's" changes at first. But eventually, she stands by Lili as she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery.

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In 1926, Lili (then "Einar Wegener") and her wife, Gerda, were accomplished painters in Copenhagen. One day, Gerda asks Lili to stand in for their mutual friend, Ulla, who was supposed to model for her latest painting but canceled her appointment. After trying on women's clothing, Lili realizes that she is transgender. Gerda doesn't know what to make of her "husband's" "husband"'s changes at first. But eventually, she stands by Lili as she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery.


In 1926, Lili (then "Einar Wegener") and her wife, Gerda, were accomplished painters in Copenhagen. One day, Gerda asks Lili to stand in for their mutual friend, Ulla, who was supposed to model for her latest painting but canceled her appointment. After trying on women's clothing, Lili realizes that she is transgender. Gerda doesn't know what to make of her "husband"'s changes at first. But eventually, she stands by Lili as she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery.

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In 1926, Lili (then "Einar Wegener") and her wife, Gerda, were accomplished painters in Copenhagen. One day, Gerda asks Lili to stand in for their mutual friend, Ulla, who was supposed to model for her latest painting but canceled her appointment. After trying on women's clothing, Lili realizes that she is transgender. Gerda doesn't know what to make of her "husband"'s "husband's" changes at first. But eventually, she stands by Lili as she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery.


** Far from struggling with her spouse's identity, the real Gerda Gottlieb was highly supportive all through Lili's transition, and remained close with Lili until her death.
** Several characters are invented, including Hans. Also, there is no historical evidence supporting Gerda losing her attraction to Lili after the transition - and plenty of evidence to the contrary. The real Gerda Wegener drew lesbian erotica, and lived openly with Lili as a lesbian couple in Paris.

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** Far from struggling with her spouse's identity, the real Gerda Gottlieb was highly supportive all through Lili's transition, and remained close with Lili until her death.
** Several characters are invented, including Hans.
death. Also, there is no historical evidence supporting Gerda losing her attraction to Lili after the transition - and plenty of evidence to the contrary. The real Gerda Wegener drew lesbian erotica, and lived openly with Lili as a lesbian couple in Paris. Their marriage ended simply because Denmark didn't recognize unions between two women at the time.
** Several characters are invented, including Hans.


A 2000 novel by David Ebershoff, ''The Danish Girl'' is based on the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex-reassignment surgery (also known as gender affirmation or gender confirmation surgery). A film version, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Creator/EddieRedmayne and Creator/AliciaVikander, was released in 2015 after spending over a decade in DevelopmentHell.

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A 2000 novel by David Ebershoff, ''The Danish Girl'' is based on the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex-reassignment surgery (also known as gender affirmation or gender confirmation surgery). A film version, directed by Tom Hooper Creator/TomHooper and starring Creator/EddieRedmayne and Creator/AliciaVikander, was released in 2015 after spending over a decade in DevelopmentHell.


* YourCheatingHeart: Subverted, as it's emotional rather than physical. Despite clearly being tempted, Gerda rebuffs Hans' advances, explicitly telling him, "I'm still married to Einar", while Lili's fling with Henrik never goes beyond a few kisses.


* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.

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* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.her.


In 1926, Einar Wegener and his wife, Gerda, were accomplished painters in Copenhagen. One day, Gerda asks Einar to stand in for their mutual friend, Ulla, who was supposed to model for her latest painting but cancelled her appointment. After trying on women's clothing, Einar starts to identify as a woman named Lili Elbe. Gerda doesn't know what to make of her husband's changes at first. But eventually, she stands by Lili as she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery.

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In 1926, Einar Wegener Lili (then "Einar Wegener") and his her wife, Gerda, were accomplished painters in Copenhagen. One day, Gerda asks Einar Lili to stand in for their mutual friend, Ulla, who was supposed to model for her latest painting but cancelled canceled her appointment. After trying on women's clothing, Einar starts to identify as a woman named Lili Elbe. realizes that she is transgender. Gerda doesn't know what to make of her husband's "husband"'s changes at first. But eventually, she stands by Lili as she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery.


* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[UsefluNotes/{{Bisexual}} Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.

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* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[UsefluNotes/{{Bisexual}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.


* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[BiTheWay Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.

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* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[BiTheWay [[UsefluNotes/{{Bisexual}} Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.


* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her move leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[BiTheWay Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.

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* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her move leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[BiTheWay Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.

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** Gerda Wegener notably painted a large body of lesbian erotic paintings, this fact is completely omitted from the story.


* TransEqualsGay: Lili's attraction to Gerda diminishes the more she transitions to her new identity, with her specifically telling a doctor that their sex life has come to a halt.


* TheQueensLatin: The characters are ostensibly Dutch and French, but speak in British accents.

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* TheQueensLatin: The characters are ostensibly Dutch Danish and French, but speak in British accents.


* TransEqualsGay: Einar's attraction to Gerda diminishes the more he transitions to his new identity as Lili, with him specifically telling a doctor that their sex life has come to a halt.

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* TransEqualsGay: Einar's Lili's attraction to Gerda diminishes the more he she transitions to his her new identity as Lili, identity, with him her specifically telling a doctor that their sex life has come to a halt.

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* HideYourLesbians: An odd example, as the film deals openly with LGBT themes, but this is still applied to Gerda. The film has her move leave Lili after her transition, and explicitly states that her coming out ended their sex life. In real life, they never stopped living together, and some comments from Gerda indicate that [[BiTheWay Lili's coming out did not diminish her attraction to her]]. Perhaps the creators thought audience couldn't handle a main character who was both a trans woman and in a lesbian relationship.

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