Born in New Orleans, her mother was of Haitian descent, and her Baptist minister father left when she was three. In a series of tabloid articles in the mid-1960s, Newton described her transition and life,  as well as her personal views. 
- Newton D (1966). From Man to Woman. Sepia
- Newton D (June 20, 1965). My lover beat me. National Insider, p. 4-5.
- Newton D (July 18, 1965). Why I could never marry a white man! National Insider, p. 17.