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Show Trans: Stone Butch Blues meets The Naked Civil Servant meets the modern internet age. “A cutting and private look at the life of a transgender man who dares to be sexual.” (Evelyn Deshane). Show Trans is a memoir about sex addiction, sex work, navigating the gay male hookup scene, a trip West, dissociative identity disorder, and the struggle to find love, connection, and self-actualization as a non-binary trans person. Elliott DeLine has written his most autobiographical, funny, and harrowing work to date.
*Named one of the Top 10 Transgender Nonfiction Books of 2014 by the Advocate.com
*Named one of the Trans Art and Culture Highlights of 2014 on Buzzfeed
"In a lot of ways, this is a nonfiction novel about a broken love story that must be written in order to move away from it. In other ways, it’s a cutting and private look at the life of a transgender man who dares to be sexual. It’s a study into a new mode of gay culture and new concerns that the community needs to address. It’s also, at its heart, a road novel that continues to bounce back and forth between two coasts, trying to find the proper place to belong…”
-Evelyn Deshane, “Stuck at the Borderlands” (an analysis of Show Trans)
“Elliott DeLine is an incredible writer. The impact of Show Trans was… physical. Never had a book do that to me. What a fucking gift.”
-Jay Hekate, rootsofectasty.com
“It was beyond anything I dared hope for. To read anything that speaks so directly to one’s experiences is a rare thing, and rarer still for trans people… it touched a nerve in a way that I welcomed, and I was glad for it."
-Ellis Locke, a reader
"Show Trans was really powerful and virtually impossible to put down. Like DeLine's other books, it leaves a lasting impression.”
- Andy Molly, a reader
“Show Trans has everything I loved about Refuse. Namely, uncomfortable interactions with people and bad feelings. Over and over, our hero is in situations they don’t want to be in. Over and over, people are failing us for no good reason. That’s pretty much life, and it’s always nice to see it acknowledged….Elliott feels bad in ways I feel bad and it feels good.”
-Ethan Bartleby Evans, a reader, iamtheproblem.tumblr.com
“Just finished Elliott DeLine’s moving new book Show Trans. Shades of [James] Baldwin and [Jack] Keroac for sure."
-Dr. Jeffry Ionvonne, Professor of Women & Gender Studies and Literature, SUNY Fredonia