Christine Beatty (activist)

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Christine Beatty
D. D. Beatty

Occupationsenior software engineer
Years active1989-present
Known fortranssexual author, musician, activist
Home townSan Mateo, California, United States

Christine Beatty (born in 1958 in San Mateo, California)[1] is an American writer, musician and transgender activist. She is one of the first trans women to perform and record as a heavy metal musician.[2][3][4]


Beatty's writing may be found in Spectator Magazine, Transgender Tapestry magazine published by International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), the Bay Area Reporter, TransSisters and other LGBT publications.[5][6][7][8] She contributed stories to anthologies Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco [9] and Herotica.[10] In 1993 she published a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories and poetry, Misery Loves Company, an insight into the lives of transgender people and other disenfranchised members of San Francisco's underground community.[1][11][12]


In 1994 she co-founded and performed in Glamazon, one of the first transsexual-fronted heavy metal rock bands.[1][6][13] The band performed for the first time in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill in February 1995,[14] recorded its only released CD in 1995-1996,[15] and moved to Los Angeles in 1999.[16][17][18][19][20]


Beatty uses journalism and public speaking [21][22] to advocate for the transgender and LGBT communities. Her articles and letters advocating for the transgender community were regularly published in Bay Area Reporter, the San Francisco Bay Times and other LGBT publications.[5] She testified before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors regarding transgender concerns and served on the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution.[23] In December 1991 she established San Francisco Gender Information, a database of resources for transgender people.[24] In 2004 she performed in an all-transgender presentation [25] of Eve Ensler's play the Vagina Monologues which was featured in the 2006 documentary Beautiful Daughters.[26]


  • Beatty, Christine (1993). Misery Loves Company. Glamazon Press. ISBN 0-9637406-0-1.
  • Beatty, Christine (1994). "Long Lost Love". In Blackman, Marci; Healey, Trebor. Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lebian San Francisco. Manic D Press, Inc. pp. 87–88. ISBN 0-916397-30-0.
  • Beatty, Christine (1996). "The Secret of Her Success". In Scheiner, Marcy. Herotica 4: A New Collection of Erotic Writing by Women. Plume. pp. 149–154. ISBN 0-452-27181-9.
  • Beatty, Christine (2011). Not Your Average American Girl. Glamazon Press. ISBN 978-0963740625.


  1. ^ a b c Michael J. Miller, "Rock on with Glamazon" p9 Marin Independent Journal June 25, 1998 Marin Independent Journal
  2. ^ Kate Bornstein, "Transgendered Musicians" In the Life episode #803 aired on PBS Mar. 29, 1999 In the Life
  3. ^ Victoria A. Brownworth, "Not straight, not narrow" Bay Area Reporter March 25, 1999 Bay Area Reporter
  4. ^ City Beat, "Trans-Unity Award Winners" West Hollywood Independent June 14, 2001 West Hollywood Independent Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Davina Anne Gabriel, "Meet the Staff" TransSisters: The Journal of Transsexual Feminism, p6 Spring 1994
  6. ^ a b Nancy Nangeroni & Gordene O. MacKenzie Gender Talk Radio program # 314 aired June 11, 2001 Gender Talk Radio
  7. ^ Darren Rosenblum, "Trapped in Sing Sing: Sing: Transgendered Prisoners Caught in the Gender Binarism" P509 (Pace Law Faculty Publications, 2000)
  8. ^ Alice Dreger "The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen" Archives of Sexual Behavior (2008) 37:366-42 P21, 53
  9. ^ Roberto Friedman, review: "Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco" Bay Area Reporter, August 4, 1994
  10. ^ Herotica 4 Down There Press, 1996
  11. ^ "Baying at the Poon" Screw magazine, p 18 March 28, 1994
  12. ^ Susan Stryker, "Renaissance and apocalypse: Notes on the Bay Area's transsexual arts scene" Transsexual News Telegraph, Summer 1994
  13. ^ Greg Heller, "We Are Young!" Night Fever - BAM Magazine May 2, 1997
  14. ^ "Stuttering" Danny Shipman "Transgender Episode" Reality Check TV episode 101, Dec. 1996 Reality Check TV
  15. ^ Pam DeGroff, "Perpetual Change" TGForum September 2001 TG Forum
  16. ^ Mark Athitakis, "Clubbed" S.F. Weekly Sep. 29, 1999 S.F. Weekly
  17. ^ Johnny Best, "Glamazon at Coconut Teaszer" Rock City News Feb. 10, 2000 Rock City News
  18. ^ Maria Elena, "Glamazon at The Opium Den" Rock City News Feb. 10, 2000 Rock City News
  19. ^ Tom Kidd, "Show Biz" Music Connection December 3, 2000 Music Connection
  20. ^ Ruben Mac Blue, "Glamazon, FemMuse.Com at The Garage" Rock City News August 23, 2001 Rock City News
  21. ^ Patrick ("Pat") Califia, Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism p265 (Cleis Press, 2003) ISBN 1-57344-180-5
  22. ^ Lori Olszewski, "Transsexuals Protest at Psychiatry Meeting" San Francisco Chronicle May 24, 1993 San Francisco Chronicle
  23. ^ The San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution "Final Report" p43 San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution final report
  24. ^ Kate Bornstein "Gender Information Hotline" Bay Area Reporter, December 25, 1991 Bay Area Reporter
  25. ^ V-Day LA 2004: cast[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ Beautiful Daughters

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