Beautiful Ghosts

A Queer Memoir of San Francisco

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About the Book

For Connelly, a Generation X transgender woman, the timing was not great when she came out of the closet in 1999. Her own identity still emerging, she had stumbled into a difficult, stifling relationship. Also, her employment at a tech company ceased when the dot-com bubble burst. It was a goth boy from Bolinas that first took her shopping for make-up, and the San Francisco goth scene became her respite.
This wickedly eye-opening memoir reveals how Connelly dealt with a toxic partner and found her voice as a woman. A longtime cinephile, it tells how she became a writer, rekindled a love for cult films and horror conventions, and learned “the secret to becoming a star.” Her remembrances are also a tale of a bygone era of sex, music and San Francisco and its darkened underworld of goth strays—her literate vampires and beautiful ghosts.

About the Author(s)

Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer and librarian.

Bibliographic Details

Sherilyn Connelly
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8633-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4543-8
Imprint: Exposit

Book Reviews & Awards

“In Beautiful Ghosts, Sherilyn Connelly serves as a tour guide through San Francisco in the first part of the current century, letting her avenues and experiences paint a tableau of her life. Her tale is refreshing, breezy, and a great read that stands apart from many other trans tales. Get it, read it, and enjoy it.”—Gwendolyn Ann Smith, columnist, “Transmissions”