Alyce Unchained is part fiction and part memoir dealing with Gender Identity and the difficulties of growing up Intersex. It consists of a novella, a short memoir focusing on her childhood, a collection of short stories, as well as several essays on the subject. The fictional stories are character driven, most of which are based on Alyce’s life experiences.
November is a schizophrenic month for the Transgender community. It begins with Pride, a joyous celebration of who we are, and concludes with a solemn remembrance of our brothers and sisters who fell victim to the violence and hatred that permeates throughout our society.
The first time I met Lisa, she was addressing the Palm Springs City Council about a local, neighborhood issue. It wasn’t a Transgender matter, it was a community leader addressing a problem that affected her neighbors.
The next time I met her, it was also at City Hall, where she was sitting on a panel discussing the impact that the newly elected Trump administration might have on the Transgender community.
“I am committed to a Palm Springs that is a welcoming, inclusive and a vibrant community of neighbors. A place where our residents are at home and our visitors don’t want to leave.”
Her success should have opened up a whole, new world for her, but fear of discovery kept her captive in the New York City home she shared with her friend and producer. When George Harrison decided to visit Carlos at her home to discuss the use of synthesizers in his music, Rachel told the ex-Beatle that Carlos was out of town while Wendy painfully listened from her upstairs room. Similar incidents occurred when Stevie Wonder and keyboard player Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer attempted to pay a visit to the reclusive musician.
John Lennon didn’t know me, but yet he perfectly described the life I lived for sixty-plus years. It was somebody else’s life, not mine. I was buried alive, afraid to come out of my coffin, afraid to be me. I knew what it was like to be dead.
Naturally, you told everyone it was just a costume, but you knew that was a lie. You could get away with it the first year, and maybe the second, but suspicions were aroused after a decade of donning drag every October 31st.
SB 179 will have an enormous impact on the intersex & transgender communities.
I hid myself from the world behind a scruffy beard, baggy clothes, and an attitude appropriate to my assigned gender. I did things to appear manly, and avoided the feminine at all cost. I did what they wanted me to do, not the things that would have made me happy. I didn’t want people to notice me; I just wanted to disappear. So I did the best I could to blend in.
Employment is the key that unlocks the door to a successful life. But to get that key, you have to sell yourself to the perspective employer. That’s why we shower, shave, apply our makeup, and put on our finest clothes when we go for a job interview.
But what if you’re living out on the street, and you haven’t showered in a week. Your clothes are worn, torn and filthy from dirt, grime and sweat. You haven’t had a haircut in ages, and a restful night’s sleep out on the street is a rarity.
What are your chances of getting that job?