Mirrors: Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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This is a new, revised edition of the cult classic "Mirrors - Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual" by Geri Nettick as told to Beth Elliott, in which Beth Elliott steps out from behind her pseudonym to claim her place in lesbian/trans activist history. The new appendix, which is the first major critical essay on the 1973 West Coast Lesbian Conference at UCLA, places Elliott's now-famous expulsion from the Daughters of Bilitis in the context of the takeover of the lesbian movement by feminists for whom "lesbian" was to be a purely political identity, as opposed to a matter of passionate, intimate and committed female bonding.

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User Review  - danahlongley - LibraryThing

Couldn't finish it. I really wanted to like this book, since I'm a lesbian trans myself. But the 70 pages I made it through just didn't grab me and came off as a little made up somehow. Perhaps I'm being unfair and I will try to reread this later. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Beth Elliott is a San Francisco Bay Area-born writer, musician and activist focused on women's rights issues. In the early 1970s, she served as vice-president of the San Francisco chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, served on the board of directors of the California Committee for Sexual Law Reform, and was a founding member of the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club. The author of the original edition of "Mirrors: Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual" and the satirical lesbian time-travel novel "Don't Call It 'Virtual, '" she was a regular contributor to "Telewoman," "TransSisters," the "Bay Area Reporter," and other lesbian, gay and feminist publications. Her essays supporting and advocating for the diversity of woman-loving women were published in the anthologies "Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out" and "Closer to Home: Bisexuality and Feminism." In addition to public relations copywriting for a number of not-for-profit projects, Elliott handled communications for Applied Space Resources, Inc. and HitComedy.com. In 2005, Elliott re-engineered a number of earlier live and studio recordings, and recorded two new songs, for a "checkered career retrospective" CD titled "Buried Treasure." The CD and individual track mp3s are available from cdbaby.com. Beth Elliott has now lived in Oakland, California for most of her adult life. An avid softball player and hiker, she has traveled the world chasing and photographing solar eclipses. She is the historian and genealogist for her long-time California family, which has welcomed this wayward daughter back to its bosom.

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