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[PRINCE, Virginia, publisher]
[PRINCE, Virginia, publisher]
[PRINCE, Virginia, publisher]
[PRINCE, Virginia, publisher]

[PRINCE, Virginia, publisher]

I Am A Male Actress

Los Angeles: Chevalier Publications, 1963. First edition. 106pp; illus. Gathered sheets, side-stapled in illustrated wraps. Light toning to wraps; soft crease to top front corner; very good or better.

An unattributed work of fiction on crossdressing and gender exploration, its plot synopsized thus on front cover: "A reporter acts the part of a girl on a dare ... gets a movie contract as an actress...lives with a famous star as a girl...finally marries her." Chevalier Publications was the imprint of American transgender activist Virginia Charles Prince (1912-2009), notable also for issuing seminal crossdressing magazine Transvestia from 1960-1980. Though an undeniably important figure in trans history, Prince's legacy is clouded by her acceptance of gender variance only within a heterosexual framework—a limitation exemplified by the present publication. According to the publisher's note at rear, this title was Chevalier's "second short ficition [sic] story," meaning presumably the second separately published; it was reprinted in 1995 as part of publisher Sandy Thomas's "Transvestia Fiction Magazine" series. Of this first edition, OCLC locates six institutional holdings. 

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