Laurent was born on march 16, 1964 in brooklyn, new york city, new york, usa. She was an actress, known for the saint of fort washington (1993), paris is burning (1990) and octavia saint laurent queen of the underground (1993). This article addresses the history of transgender people in the united states from prior to western contact until the present. There are a few historical accounts of transgender people that have been present in the land now known as the united states at least since the early 1600s. Before western contact, some native american tribes had third gender people whose social roles varied from tribe.