Einar Wegener picked the day he was going to kill himself: May 1, 1930. Months before the looming suicide date arrived, however, Einar was given an unbelievable opportunity. He found he could physically transform into Lili with the help of innovative German doctors. The surgeries were risky, but at that point so was continuing life in the world as Einar. The stakes were high all around, and if there was a way to make Einar disappear so Lili could live, he was going to try it.

Bruce Jenner umaas shaken up our world and brought the question of gender to the forefront of popular consciousness. His two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer was a very well-planned introduction to the “real” Bruce Jenner, an introduction to a public figure we thought we somewhat knew, but actually haven’t met before.