For 26 years from 1963 Carlotta was the undisputed queen of Kings Cross — the legend of Les Girls, a landmark theatre restaurant where all the women on stage are really drag queens.
He Did It Her Way is a fascinating and often hilarious journey into her world as a performer and transexual who started life as a Balmain boy and went on to have one of the fist sex change operations in Australia.
Candid, witty and irreverent — this is classic Carlotta, from the smart-arse ad-libbing to the intimate secrets shared, just as if she is enteratining you — her live audience of one.
Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey was born a boy. Now she is a beautiful woman with a successful modeling career.
My Story is Tula’s candid account fo her struggles: her troubled childhood in northern England, her dreams of becoming a woman, the operations that liberated her sexually, and the journey from chorus gurl to James Bond girl to top international model.
After she was twice exposed by the tabloid press, Tulas career plummeted and her marriage to a wealthy businessman was annulled. In the spring of 1989, she was forced to make a unique appeal to the European Commission of Human Rights: she was fighting for the legal validation of her marriage as a female, though her birth certificate labeled her a lale.
My Story is the tale of a woman’s battle for the body she needed to survive, and a transsexual’s struggle for the rights she deserved.
“I think now that I was irrational, even insane, at the time. My transsexualism had taken hold of me with such obsessive force that I could not concentrate on anything else. There I was, a fifty-year-old professional academic librarian who had desparately wanted to be female ever since memories began…”
In 1986 John Cummings became Katherine Cummings and a while life changed.
In this painfully honest account of John’s transformation into a woman, Katerhine tells of years of fantasizing and cross-dressing behind locked doors, of the betrayal felt by her family and the final relief of surgery.
Katherine’s Diary covers a lifetime of self-discovery and self-destruction with acerbic wit and crisp observation.
Max Valerio’s observations about transitioning from a lesbian to a heterosexual male both challenge and confirm our assumptions about gender. As Valerio undergoes the physical and emotional changes associated with testosterone treatment, he is intrigued by his eye-opening discoveries about the nature of masculinity and femininity. Raw, gripping and poetic, The Testosterone Files offers a perspective on men and women that only someone who’s lived in both skins can speak to with such insight and eolquence.
Self-proclaimed bi-sexual transgender Jewish cowgirl Sally Goldner tells her story of self- discovery, as she navigates the gender path on the way to her 45th birthday. A coming of age tale and personal portrait of inspiring Melbourne transgendered woman Sally Goldner: activist, drummer, singer/songwriter, stand-up comic and radio DJ.
I watched Sally’s Story at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival in 2012 and actually knowing Sally, albeit as an acquaintance in the gender community, I was struck by how honest her story was. It probably sounds trite, but there’s a certain manner of communicating that reveals rather than hides. Sally loves a lot of things, including wrestling and is an accomplished stand-up comedian, but the interesting thing is she has a story which is not the “same old trans story” that seems to be churned out for titillation rather than communication (the difference being the former gets people’s interest with sensationalised and stereotypical story lines of boy to girl and princesses, while the latter actually informs and expands the conversation). It takes courage to put yourself out there like Sally does on a daily basis (she was recently held to be one of the 100 most influential Melburnians) and this is another service she’s done for the community in Melbourne, around Australia and indeed, the world.
This autobiography explores the complex issues of gender identity, beginning with John Spry’s boyhood in Australia, through marriage and ultimately to her coming out as Jennifer, a transgendered lesbian. As a child Spry cherished the moments when he was left alone at home so he could dress up in his mother’s clothes; in adolescence he tried hard to prove his manhood by competitive sailing and heavy drinking. When even marriage and fatherhood failed to make a man of him, John began the long journey towards recognition of herself as Jennifer, a woman and a lesbian. A profoundly personal yet provocatively political discussion of courage, gender, sexuality, and transformation.
They seek to answer riddles that have no answer. They are bound on a quest that has no end. Thewston of the Lion Courts; Leona, Queen of the Beasts; Medlo, outlawed Prince; Jasmine the Dancer; Terascouos the Singer. And young Jaer, whose like has never been seen: Jaer, the greatest riddle of all, Jaer who spans the gap between man and woman. They are the Revenants. This is their story.
In the mainstream media, the erotic identies, sex lives and fantasies of transgender and genderqueer people are often oversimplified, sensationalised or invisible. Take Me There is an erotica collection unlike any other, celebrating the pleasure, heat and diversity of transgender and genderqueer sexualities. These stories will take you from San Francisco to Israel, from heartache to lust, from ballet shoes to a bondage table, from M to F and F to M — and in between and beyond. Featuring renowned authors Kate Bronstein, Patrick Califia, S. Bear Bergman, Ivan Coyote, Julia Serano, Laura Antoniou, Helen Boyd, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Sinclair Sexsmith and more.
Salisbury Forth is a courier of contraband in the alleyways of inner Melbourne, a city of fuel rationing, rolling power outages and curfews. It’s a stressful life, post-pandemic. A vaccine dispensed Australia-wide is causing mass infertility, and the government has banned all remedies except prayer.
Vigilantes prowl for transgressors while ,the pious gather like moths under the streetlight a at dusk. Then someone starts trading tainted hormones on the boss’s patch . Salisbury must find whoever is trying to destroy the business before everything goes belly-up…