Beth Elliott is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, musician and lesbian activist. The first transsexual woman to transition to be an out lesbian, she served a year’s term as Vice President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis (1971-72), but was purged from the organization three months later. She was one of the organizers of the April 1973 West Coast Lesbian Conference at UCLA, which radical lesbian separatists and “political lesbians” disrupted over trans inclusion (specifically, hers). An original member of the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club (representing DOB at Del Martin’s request), and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Committee for Sexual Law Reform (which lobbied successfully for repeal of California’s “sodomy” laws), she was blacklisted for a decade before being asked to write reviews and a column for Telewoman.
A Telewoman profile (under an assumed name) led to the writing of her autobiography, Mirrors – Portrait of a Lesbian Transsexual. Published as an e-book in 1995 and as a paperback in 1996, Mirrors was presented as an “as told to,” by “Geri Nettick” as told to Beth Elliott, out of safety concerns. A new 2011 trade paperback edition has an introduction that explains and deconstructs that conceit. In addition to publication credits under her own name, including a Bay Area Reporter column (1995-98), she wrote for TransSisters: A Journal of Transsexual Feminism in the mid-1990s under the pen name “Mustang Sally.”
Other credits include a novel from ENC Press, Don’t Call It “Virtual”; an independent CD release, Buried Treasure; and the new edition of Mirrors, self-published and available from Amazon in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
I write in regard to the CSW Communications Procedure submission of 1 August by Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford alleging that gender identity anti-discrimination statutes in the United States threaten to violate women’s rights. Specifically, I write in response and rebuttal to those allegations. Continue reading Guest Post: Beth Elliott’s Rebuttal of the Brennan-Hungerford Submission