East End Books Ptown welcomes Brian Belovitch to Provincetown on July 13th at 7pm for a reading, discussion and book signing. Buy the book in advance and RSVP to get your free ticket via Eventbrite & confirm attendance on Facebook.
My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man
Brian Belovitch has the rare distinction of coming out three times: first as a queer teenager; second as a glamorous transgender woman named Tish, and later, Natalia Gervais; and finally as an HIV-positive gay man surviving the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
From growing up in a barely-working-class first-generation immigrant family in Fall River, Massachusetts, to spinning across the disco dance floor of Studio 54 in New York City . . . from falling into military lock-step as the Army wife of a domineering GI in Germany to having a brush with fame as Natalia, high-flying downtown darling of the boozy and druggy pre-Giuliani New York nightclub scene, Brian escaped many near-death experiences.
Trans Figured chronicles a life lived on the edge with an unforgettable cast of characters during a dangerous and chaotic era. Rich with drama and excitement, this no-holds-barred memoir tells it all. Most importantly, Brian's candid and poignant story of recovery shines a light on the perseverance of the human spirit.
About the Author
Brian Belovitch is a former editor at People magazine. A 2000 GLAAD award nominee for his play Boys Don't Wear Lipstick, Belovitch is a founder of Queer Stages, an LGBT-themed dramatic series, and a guest storyteller with the Generations Project. Belovitch is currently in a master's program for mental health counseling at Hunter College. Today he works as an addiction professional and lives in Brooklyn with his husband of fifteen years.
Praise for Trans Figured
“His memoir is brave, well-told and illuminating.”-People
“A fascinating memoir.”-New York Post
“Complex and fascinating true story.”-Paper Mag
“This dizzying tale of family, addiction, and the weight of cultural expectation testifies movingly to the harm rigid social categories can inflict.”-Publishers Weekly
“This is a wild, harrowing tale, but Belovitch is a likable narrator, and readers will root for him along the tortuous way to his hard-won happiness.”-Booklist
“Trans Figured is a fraught journey toward survival, hope. The title delivers on it’s promise, and so much more. Belovitch crafts a memorable memoir.”-LA Blade
Still – without giving too much away – there’s a happy ending to this memoir, one that manages to educate readers as it oddly entertains them with stories of times past. It’s a happy ending well-deserved and well-told and, considering the overall uncommonness of “Trans Figured,” it fits. “
Terri Schlichenmeyer, Washington Blade
"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."
-Michael Musto, author of Fork on the Left and Village Voice columnist
“Trans Figured is a thrilling read…. 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.”
-Scott Wittman, Tony and Grammy award-winning lyricist of Hairspray
“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.”
-Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, I Am My Own Wife
“I partied with Tish in the ’80s and only now—thirty years later—am I learning of Brian’s heartbreaking journey to self-actualization. And what a story it is! I couldn’t put this book down!”
-James St. James, author/screenwriter of Party Monster, Freak Show, and Disco Bloodbath
“Brian Belovitch is exactly the kind of gender fluid hero that young non-binary and gender nonconforming trans people need right now.”
-Jacob Tobia, author of Sissy, A Coming of Gender Story, Paper Magazine
"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."
-Gabriel Rotello, author of Sexual Ecology