Crossdressing is a widespread practice that is little understood. The male-to-female crossdresser, who differs from a transgender woman, has a palette of roles to chose from. But what impact does this playing with apearences have on our relationship to reality?
You could say we are all playing roles in our lives, if only by unconsciously limiting our behaviour and dress to conform with the expectations that go with a profession or a role as husband, wife, parent or whatever… But for some people the roles they play and how they dress for them are more consciously and deliberately fashioned and acted out.… Read more
Trust or the absence of it can make or break someone when young especially if sexuality is involved. In this letter, Kate talks to a friend about trust, abuse and gender identity. These letters were written in August 1960 between the end ofIn Search of Lost Girls and the beginning of We Girls.… Read more
It is one thing to fantasise and to take pleasure at what he imagined, but it was quite different to live such a dream. Circumstances forced Peter to walk the streets of his old town dressed as a girl… Read this extract from We Girls.… Read more
Two young teenagers, Peter and Fi, are on the towpath beside the river Frayne in the following extract from Boy & Girl.But what is the unspoken question Peter answers? You’ll have to read the book to find out… but know that it might not be what you think.… Read more
I have just completed the first draft of We Girls Show the Way, my 14th novel, the third in the Boy & Girl saga. When I began writing this new novel some five months ago, I was sure it would be all about Peter’s dilemma with gender.… Read more
“When I look at a girl, all the girl’s in the choir, for example, what strikes me is that being a girl comes natural to them. They don’t have to think about it. It’s what they are. If I were a girl like them there would be nothing special in dressing or acting as one.… Read more
As part of preparation for my novel Boy & Girl I collected photos related to gender ambiguity on a Pinterest board (*). It was not easy to find suitable material. For some reason, many males who dress as females feel a need to exhibit their masculinity in a way that is not suitable for the wider audience.… Read more