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Biography Comedy History Humanities Nonfiction

The Woman I Was Not Born To Be: A Transsexual Journey

By Aleshia Brevard, 2001

Told with humour and flair, this is the autobiography of one transsexual’s wild ride from boyhood as Alfred Brevard (Buddy) Crenshaw in rural Tennessee to voluptuous female entertainer in Hollywood. Aleshia Brevard, as she is now known, underwent transitional surgery in Los Angeles in 1962, one of the first such operations in the United States. (The sexual surgery pioneer Harry Benjamin himself broke the news to Brevard’s parents).

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