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This body I wore : a memoir

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  • 921 G5995 (CEN, OSH)

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First edition.

Publication Information

New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.

Physical Description

316 pages ; 22 cm


"A memoir of one woman's long journey to late transition, in an era before real community or appropriate language was available to help her understand herself"--

How can you spend your life face-to-face with an essential fact about yourself and still not see it? Goetsch 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. Here Goetsch chronicles her long journey to coming out, a path that runs parallel to the emergence of the trans community over the past several decades. -- adapted from jacket


  • Prologue: stepping out
  • Part one. Woman good man bad
  • The admirer
  • The fabric factory
  • The limelight
  • Stuyvesant
  • Jeri
  • Straight pool
  • URNotAlone
  • Part two. Accident
  • Northport
  • War is hell
  • Part three. Isle of Staten
  • Femme fever
  • Poet-in-captivity
  • Revisionist history
  • In the cabin of the crazy one
  • The thousand gateless gates
  • Epilogue: Mother's Day.

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