50 Years Married To A Man Named Sissy

Death, Sex & Money

By WNYC Studios

50 Years Married To A Man Named Sissy

Wednesday, 11 September

Douglas, Wyoming, natives Vickie and Sissy Goodwin got married in 1968. It was around the time they started their lives together that Vickie learned of a secret Sissy had been harboring since childhood—a preference for feminine clothing and cross-dressing in private. When Sissy decided to start wearing skirts, dresses and frills in public a few years into their marriage, Vickie struggled to accept it. And the couple quickly learned that Sissy's self-acceptance came with an often violent public backlash, both at home in Douglas and elsewhere.

We visited Vickie and Sissy at their home, for a conversation about masculinity, resiliency and staying married for 50 years. 

Vickie and Sissy Goodwin at their home in Douglas, Wyoming (Katie Bishop)

 

The World's Largest Jackalope in Douglas, Wyoming (Flickr/Ken Mickles)

 

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