Sissy Goodwin
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A man named Sissy

Sissy Goodwin
Sissy Goodwin, right, with Vickie, his wife of 45 years. They have two adult children. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Goodwin shops for an industrial-sized wrench in Casper, Wyo. He began wearing skirts and blouses in public in 1972. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Goodwin shops for an outfit at secondhand store in Casper. He began secretly dressing in girls clothes in his youth as “an escape from a hostile environment.” (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Goodwin, wearing the pink nightgown he sleeps in, shaves before breakfast at home in Douglas, Wyo., the town where he was born. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Sissy and Vickie Goodwin click glasses before dinner at home. He credits her with helping him learn to accept himself. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Larry Goodwin took on the name “Sissy” after somebody tried to insult him -- and he realized the name fit. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Vickie Goodwin, left, learned of Sissy’s then-secret cross-dressing before they married 45 years ago.  (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Goodwin, a former aircraft mechanic, teaches power technology at Casper College. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Goodwin’s students at Casper College once wore pink hair ribbons and matching shirts in a show of support. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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Goodwin, a former rodeo cowboy, loves to drink beer, play golf and grill a good steak. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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