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This Body I Wore

 Author: Diana Goetsch  Category: Biography & Autobiography  Publisher: Picador USA  Published: May 23, 2023  ISBN: 9781250867155  Pages: 336  Language: English  Alibris  Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Bookshop org  Kobo  Libro.fm  Publisher  Find in a Library
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Long before Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of Time, far removed from drag and ballroom culture, there were countless transgender women living and dying as men, most of whom didn’t even know they were trans. Diana Goetsch’s This Body I Wore is a transgender memoir that chronicles one woman’s long journey to coming out, a path that runs parallel to the emergence of the trans community over the past several decades.

“How can you spend your life face-to-face with an essential fact about yourself and still not see it?” This is a question often asked of trans people, and a question that Goetsch, an award-winning poet and essayist, addresses with the power and complexity of lived reality. She brings us into her childhood, her time as a dynamic and beloved teacher at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, and her plunge into the city’s crossdressing subculture in the 1980s and ’90s. Under cover of night, crossdressers risked their jobs and their safety to give expression to urges they could neither control nor understand. Many would become late transitioners, the Cinderellas of the trans community largely ignored by history.

Goetsch has written not a transition memoir, but rather a full account of a trans life, one both unusually public and closeted. All too often trans lives are reduced to before-and-after photos, but what if that before photo lasted fifty years?

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Diana Goetsch

Diana Goetsch is an American poet and essayist. Her poems have appeared widely, in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, The Best American Poetry, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, and in the collections Nameless Boy and In America,...

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