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Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual


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Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual by Leslie L. Smith is published by PressLess, LLC and was released on May 21, 2014.


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Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual — Four New York-Area Readings Media Release:

Author Leslie L. Smith is scheduled for four reading and signing dates in the New York metro area for July and August. For more information, please click here to download the Media Release, or click on the PDF icon.


 

Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual Media Release:

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A Q&A with Leslie L. Smith
Author of Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual

Q: What was the inspiration for writing Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual

Q: What was the inspiration for writing Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual

A: It was a huge amount of grief, frankly. My mom had cancer in the early 90’s and went into remission. However, the cancer returned and she died in late 1997. Her death culminated a series of losses of friends during the worst of the AIDS crisis. Writing this book was the only way I knew to process this tremendous amount of grief inside me.  

There was another motivation, as well: During this era, I noticed a shift in the gay community. Various groups had grown more powerful – military supporters and marriage folk – and there was a real loss of the unity we had achieved in the fight against AIDS. At the same time, I saw the rise of a sub-culture that was not only taking more sexual risks but being demonized for it. Barebackers, people who weren’t practicing safe sex 100% of the time. It occurred to me there was a reason for this phenomenon: the grief of AIDS was driving us to act out and rebel, and even turn on each other. Writing Sally Field  provided a way to understand what was going on – and why. We all shared this overwhelming sense of loss – and unsafe sex trends – even a fetishization of it – was the result. My observations of my own life – and those of my community – became the raw material of this book. 

 

Q: When did you start writing and how long did it take?

A: This was a long process, emotionally and physically. I started writing in 2003 and finished a version in 2007, which was shopped to major publishing houses, but I was never happy with it, because I had written protagonist David, a male escort, as an unredeemable soul. Even though he was into unsafe sex, I thought the story was too preachy. So did editors. So it sat on a shelf.  Then, with the development of PEP and PrEP in 2012, I had an upbeat ending for my story – but also a socially relevant one. I worked on a revision to the story, creating a more satisfying narrative.

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