A conversation with Brian Belovitch
CIS-GAY MALE OF TRANS EXPERIENCE
59 min. Recorded on 26 September 2021.
Brian’s pronouns are he/him/his, and he identifies as a cis-gay male of trans experience. Find out what that means to Brian in this episode.
We also talk about being different and growing up in the 60s and 70s, looking for validation, living a fantasy life, performing the role of perfect woman, dealing with judgement, how everyone’s journey is unique, finding a different way to be comfortable, and going full circle and reaching a new destination.
“It’s hard to make your way in the world if the message you’re receiving right from the get go is that you’re wrong; there’s something’s wrong about you. You’re not right.”
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Brian Belovitch, author, actor, and activist is a longtime resident of NY. He has a storied career as a writer and gender outlier. He was featured guest on The Moth Storytelling hour on NPR relating a story from his recently published memoir, Trans Figured: My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man published in 2018 by Skyhorse Publishers.
He has appeared on New York stages for more than three decades in various theatrical incarnations his last appearance as Alice, First Lady of the Earth in the critically acclaimed production of Conquest of the Universe, or When Queens Collide by Charles Ludlam at LaMama marked the 50th anniversary of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company where was a member. In 2019, Brian was a recipient of the Acker award for writing that is given annually to East Village, NY avant-garde artists.
As a playwright, his groundbreaking Off-Broadway play, Boys Don’t Wear Lipstick, was honored with a 2000 GLAAD nomination. In June 2019, Brian was named one of the 50 most influential LGBTQ authors of all time by Barnes and Noble and participated in the 50th anniversary of Stonewall Gay Pride Parade in New York City. In November 2019, Brian was the subject of a documentary film that made its world premiere at DOC NYC titled I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, directed by Karen Bernstein.
More recently Brian is nearing completion of a master degree program in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College and will resume his work in September as a therapist in training. As a long-term survivor of HIV, Brian lives proudly as an out beloved gay man, advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ community in all its wondrous expressions.