Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

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Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad
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Benestad in 2011
Date of birth 3 May 1949
Nationality Norwegian
Gender identity trans
Occupation physician and sexologist

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad is a Norwegian physician and sexologist. Benestad has said that "for me there is no point being neither a man nor a woman. I am a trans person; that is my gender so to speak."[1] as well as "I am not a man, not a woman, but a very happy transperson!"[2]

Benestad is married to sexologist Elsa Almås and is the parent of film director Even Benestad.

In 2007, Benestad took part in the reality TV series Skal vi danse (Norwegian Dancing with the Stars) and was voted out after four episodes. Benestad told the talk show God kveld, Norge! that Benestad was sometimes bullied by the judges for their trans identity.

Benestad has been a minor political candidate for the Liberal Party of Norway.

Published books[edit | edit source]

  • Sexologi i praksis, with Elsa Almås (1997, revised 2006)
  • Kjønn i bevegelse, with Elsa Almås (2001)
  • Transseksualisme - hvor går vi og hvor står vi? (2002)
  • Transekjønn og diagnoser (2004)
  • Penisatlas (2005)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Interviews > Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad". We Who Feel Differently. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  2. Kowalska, Monika (20 December 2013). "Interview with Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad". The Heroines of My Life. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
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