The last time I wore a dress

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At fifteen years old, Daphne Scholinski was committed to a mental institution and awarded the dubious diagnosis of "Gender Identity Disorder". She spent three years -- and over a million dollars of insurance -- "treating" the problem...with makeup lessons and instructions in how to walk like a girl.

Daphne's story -- which is, sadly, not that unusual -- has already received attention from such shows as "20/20", "Dateline", "Today", and "Leeza". But her memoir, bound to become a classic, tells the story in a funny, ironic, unforgettable voice that "isn't all grim; Scholinski tells her story in beautifully evocative prose and mines her experiences for every last drop of ironic humor, determined to have the last laugh".

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User Review  - abbysees - LibraryThing

So heartbreaking. I briefly met Dylan Scholinski (the author has transitioned since he wrote the book in 1997) last year when he came to my college campus. I finally got around to reading his memoir ... Read full review


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This patient's-eye view of life in a psychiatric hospital in the 1980s draws on the techniques of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted but offers an original perspective on the dubious diagnosis ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Scholinski is an artist. She is also an activist who speaks at colleges and universities about psychiatric abuse of gay and lesbian teenagers.

Adams is a national-award-winning reporter. She was a staff reporter at The Boston Globe, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, and other publications.