PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR,
I AM MY OWN WIFE
"It's true that Brian Belovitch has lived life as a man, a woman and back again, but through it all, he's been - first and foremost - a raconteur. His writing is deliciously shocking one moment, and achingly profound the next. Like a master showman, he guides us through the vexing, giddy, heart-breaking, courageous carnival of his very singular life. His gender may be ephemeral, but his artistry is not."
"Brian Belovitch is exactly the kind of gender fluid hero that young non-binary and gender nonconforming trans people need right now. Underneath the stories of people like Brian, people who have re-transitioned after living in transitioned bodies for years or even decades, there are valuable lessons about the nature of gender and what it means to live in a trans-affirming world in the first place."
TONY & GRAMMY AWARD WINNING LYRICIST, HAIRSPRAY
"Trans Figured" is a thrilling read. It captures New York to perfection during it's wild years. But first it’s a very moving book about someone's journey to find their true self. One of the most mercilessly candid and outspoken memoirs in years. If Holly Golightly existed this might have been her true story. I couldn’t put it down."
AUTHOR OF FORK ON THE LEFT
AND VILLAGE VOICE COLUMNIST
"Brian Belovitch has looked at life from both sides now and emerged triumphant. A pretty boy who went on to full womanhood, Brian spent many years as Tish Gervais, a voluptuous army wife and then glamorous New York party creature/chanteuse, soaking in the dazzle of the 1980s club scene. But there was a price—along with the gift bags and photo ops were drugs, booze, and serious self-esteem issues. Emerging out of a state of exciting but hollow glamour, Tish re-emerged as Brian again, transitioning back to his male state and finding a grounded, loving life with a mission, a husband, and sobriety. Having transitioned twice until getting it right, Belovitch has a story that is unique and riveting, and he relates it with the breathless passion of a master storyteller."
AUTHOR, PERFORMANCE ARTIST
"Everything happens in its time! Brian Belovitch is one of the very bravest gender warriors in history because Brian dared to transgender from male to female and dared to make the journey back again. As Tish Gervais in the 1980's Brian was the ONLY person in my life I couldn't read....I thought Tish was a tuff Italian girl from the Bronx. This book will bring something SO REAL and so needed to the current conversation on gender. Brian you know I have told you many many times of my admiration for you and stood by and watched you deal with the adversity of fearing your story would be told only in the fiction of others but here you are and you will triumph! I salute you, buy the book!"
AUTHOR OF SEXUAL ECOLOGY
"Brian Belovitch’s gender-bending journey from working-class boy to military wife to celebrated downtown chanteuse—someone who knew everyone from Warhol to Fellini—is the stuff of identity legend. But his arduous return trip from he to she back to he challenges not only straight society's well-known gender expectations, but also gay society's transgender expectations. We've heard many stories of people switching roles to find their true selves, but never a story of someone switching back to find an ever deeper sense of belonging. Touching, glamorous, funny, harrowing, ultimately triumphant, this is an amazing and inspiring tale of self-discovery."
"I was Trans-Fixed reading "Brian's book Trans-Figured. I would say that most people who've lived this lifestyle never live to tell their story. The art , honesty and history of Brian's storytelling is spot on. You cannot put this book down ... I felt as though I was a shadow following Brian/Tish on this mad-hatter's out of this world journey!"
James St. James
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