Ladies and gents and etcetera, let me tell you about JAMES FUCKING BARRY, aka Mr Awesome.
He was a surgeon from the UK and lived mostly in the first half of the 19th century. He was a damn Inspector General in Military Hospitals. He worked in South Africa and India and Jamaica and Canada and Saint Helena and damn a lot of other places.
He fought for better food, sanitation and medical care for prisoners and soldiers and their families and basically MEDICAL CARE FOR EVERY1
He was the first Brit to perform a succesful Ceaseran section (in Africa) and the child was named after him okay
He had a dog named Psyche
Wherever they sent him he was soon kicked out or moved because well he was quite bitchy. He got into trouble with local politicians and soldiers and stuff like A LOT. It got him arrested once.
He did what he wanted.
He got into fights a lot.
Duels forever. He killed a guy in one of them.
He hated on Florence Nightingale once. Like, hated really hard. She remembered it till he died.
He got accused of homosexuality bc of his close relationship with the governor of Cape Colony Lord Charles Somerset (who was also quite a cutie himself, go check him out)
Oh did I mention he was born as a “she” and managed to pass as a guy for over 50 damn years and was therefore the first Brit born female to be a fucking qualified surgeon isn’t that shit fucking COOL.
He was forgotten for long because people didn’t want any scandal about his/her/whatever gender.
Ze is called a “he” out of habit by people because let’s face it we’ll never know whether ze was trans or genderqueer or just REALLY damn wanted to be a doctor.
Either way James Barry is fucking awesome.
He is my crush forever.