Thursday, 27 November 2014 22:47

Marie-Pierre Pruvot Becomes The First Trans* Woman To Be Decorated By France

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Monday, Marie-Pierre Pruvot aka Bambi, a trans woman who was a cabaret icon and a French teacher, was decorated by France with the Chevalier of the National Credit medal.

Pruvot was decorated by the former minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin. She became one of the first trans* people to be able to change her name in France. She dedicated this recognition to all those who are not yet free:

"Today, there are still in France too many people living on the margin of society and who only aspire to live freely, normally without scandal, to able to travel unhindered, to seek treatment at the hospital without humiliation, all of which are often inaccessible to them. It is for them now that I dedicate this award that honors me so much," she said.

Last year, director Sébastien Lifshitz released a documentary retracing the exceptional life of Bambi. Born Jean-Pierre in Algiers, she moved to Paris in the 50s. It is only through the cabaret she was able to begin her transition to become Marie-Pierre. No more fear, no more discomfort, Bambi became a star of the music hall before starting a radical change of career as a French teacher for 30 years.

The film "Bambi" is available on DVD here:

Today author, all of her books are available on her website:

Photo from bambi-officiel