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Through the Looking Glass with Alice Novic, M.D.

Friends, trannies, country-women, lend me your ears and welcome to my new column. As many of you know from my nothing-if-not-colorful memoir, Alice in Genderland, I'm a psychiatrist and a crossdresser. Through this unusual looking glass, I'll be exploring issues like crossdressing, transitioning, relationships, and sexuality.

I'm a Los Angeles based psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist and member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association) who has worked with many transgendered people, as well as gay, lesbian, bi, and yes even straight people. I welcome your feedback and ideas for future topics at Alice.novic@verizon.net.

URNA is pleased to be able to provide a space for Alice and the URNotAlone Community to interact via her Through the Looking Glass Column!

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Through the Looking Glass, Shifting Gears

Through the Looking Glass, Shifting Gears

Jul 29, 2008

Shifting Gears

Dear Through the Looking Glass Readers,

Thank you for your support these past two years, but alas I must slow down the pace of my writing. As my children have gotten older, now eight and nine, they’ve gotten hard to ignore and actually a whole lot of fun. It has become increasingly difficult for me to carve out the time each month to compose a quality article. So, I’m now striving to sweep away enough of my commitments so that if my wife, Melissa, says she’s taking the kids to some silly movie on a Sunday, I can say, “Sure, I’ve got nothi... [more]

 
Through the Looking Glass, Column 23

Through the Looking Glass, Column 23

Jul 28, 2008

Seven Great Myths Among Us (MTFs)

Welcome back Through the Looking Glass, my friends. As MTFs, be we crossdressers, transsexuals, or those that love us, we have a number of myths that we use to soothe ourselves and to try to better our chances of being treated fairly. But just between us, don’t mistake these stories for the truth. Or better yet, do believe them; they may be more comforting and effective if you do, but in that case don’t read any further—and don’t say I didn’t warn you. And to make matters worse, I’m not going to debunk these myths with hard evidence,... [more]

 
Through the Looking Glass, Column 22

Through the Looking Glass, Column 22

Jun 30, 2008

More from Trisha van Cleef,
the Artist Concurrently Known as Paul Whitehead


This month we return for part two of my interview with Trisha van Cleef/Paul Whitehead, the professional artist famous for the surrealist album covers she/he designed for Genesis in the 1970s. (See for yourself at http://www.paulwhitehead.com.)

A: Trisha, do have a wife or kids? How do they feel about you being openly known as a crossdresser?

T: I was married for 20 years, no kids, and marriage was fascinating but eventually disappointing. My wife was into my... [more]

 
Through the Looking Glass, Column 21

Through the Looking Glass, Column 21

Jun 3, 2008

An Artist Out and Proud

Welcome back Through the Looking Glass, my friends. Today I’m here with Trisha van Cleef, who is a rather exceptional person in our community; she is a completely out crossdresser. I mean she lets it be known that she is Paul Whitehead, the professional artist famous for the surrealist album covers he designed for Genesis in the 1970s. And, get this, Paul Whitehead lets it be openly known that he is also a crossdresser named Trisha Van Cleef. Check out some great art and see for yourself on his/her website: http://www.paulwhitehead.com.

A... [more]

 
Through the Looking Glass, Column 20

Through the Looking Glass, Column 20 (Apr 29, 2008)

Women on the Verge of Transition: Interview #1 - Trisha

Welcome back Through the Looking Glass, my friends.

Today I’m here with my good friend Trisha Palermo. She has recently emerged on the trans night scene here in Los Angeles and is already very well known and wel... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 19

Through the Looking Glass, Column 19 (Apr 1, 2008)

Analyzing the Poison


Welcome back Through the Looking Glass, my friends. Today, I’d like to offer you all something I’ve never done before in print. About a month ago, my CD friend Lilly broke up with a man who wasn’t treating her with the kind of respect she’s used to... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 18

Through the Looking Glass, Column 18 (Mar 3, 2008)

A Pillar and Part-Timer

Sorry, folks, but you’ll have wait for “Alice ’07: My New Experiences at Being Single.” Things are a little too touchy for me, Frank, and some of the men I’ve been involved with to cover at this time. So I guess I’ll have to pass up the big bucks th... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 17

Through the Looking Glass, Column 17 (Jan 29, 2008)

Manhunt Over: Thank Goodness

The hills of Southern California are indeed alive again with the sound of music. I’m twirling my skirts and singing it out loud for anyone who cares to keep up: Alice is back with Frank! After a year of being single--at forty-four--I’m back with the ma... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 16

Through the Looking Glass, Column 16 (Jan 12, 2008)

Jury Duty in a Dress

Hi folks, I’ve got something really special for you today. When I learned that my crossdressing pal Dianna did jury duty in dress, I was so impressed. What a way to turn a loathsome chore into a fresh new chance to express your femme side and show people that we... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 15

Through the Looking Glass, Column 15 (Dec 10, 2007)

What Crossdressers Want to Know Part 2—continued:
What Can We Learn From Gay People?

Welcome back to my series on the most common questions I hear from crossdressers. Now keep in mind, folks, that though I’m a highly qualified psychiatrist/crossdresser, I am Alice Novic, af... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 14

Through the Looking Glass, Column 14 (Oct 30, 2007)

What Crossdressers Want to Know Part 2: Am I Gay?

Welcome back to my series on the most common questions I hear from crossdressers. Now keep in mind, folks, that though I’m a highly qualified psychiatrist/crossdresser, I am Alice Novic, after all, and I’m not always going to give ... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 13

Through the Looking Glass, Column 13 (Oct 2, 2007)

Face and Hair Revisited Part 3

As I explained last month, there is a widely accepted theory behind the practice of hairdressing. It can help make sense of a world of confusing possibilities and guide you to the ones that might be right for you. Remember faces are like pictures, and ha... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 12

Through the Looking Glass, Column 12 (Sep 4, 2007)

Face and Hair Revisited Part 2

Today I continue with a very top-of-mind topic for me lately or perhaps I should say top-of-body, facial shapes and hairstyles.

Finally, after explaining why doing what I could for my femme face was so important to me, Dr. A, my surgeon h... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 11

Through the Looking Glass, Column 11 (Jul 30, 2007)

Face and Hair Revisited Part 1

Welcome back through the looking glass. Forgive me, my friends, but this month I’m going to break away from my series on What Crossdressers Want to Know to begin a new series on something much more top-of-mind for me lately, facial shapes and hairstyle... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 10

Through the Looking Glass, Column 10 (Jul 2, 2007)

What Crossdressers Want to Know Part 1

Welcome back through the looking glass, my friends. This month I’m going to begin a series of articles on the most common questions I hear from crossdressers. Now keep in mind, folks, that though I’m a highly qualified psychiatrist/crossdress... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 9

Through the Looking Glass, Column 9 (Jun 6, 2007)

My Story and How It Might Help You

Welcome to California Dreaming 2007. I’m Dr. Alice Novic, and as your keynote speaker here today I’m gonna have to offer you something that’s a little more fresh than polished, because this is the first time I’ve ever stood up and spoken in f... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 8

Through the Looking Glass, Column 8 (Apr 30, 2007)

Safe at Conventions?
The Mysterious Case of My Vanishing Purse

(Please also see addendum to Manhunt Series at the bottom of this page)

Back in February, I came to the Colorado Gold Rush to rehearse the keynote speech I'd be giving at California Dreamin' and to si... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 7

Through the Looking Glass, Column 7 (Apr 1, 2007)

Manhunt III:
Admirers, Straight Men, and Bumps on the Road

Recapping where I left off last month, there tend to be two types of men taking interest in a t-girl. 1) Straight men who really think she is a g-girl, and most of whom will lose interest when they learn she is not. 2)... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 6

Through the Looking Glass, Column 6 (Mar 3, 2007)

Manhunt Continued:
The Two Types of Men Who Might Be Interested

Today, I'd like to pick up where I left off last month. As promised, let's begin with the two types of men who might step out of the nightclub hubbub and take a shine to you or me: straight men and admirers. 'But a... [more]

Through the Looking Glass, Column 5

Through the Looking Glass, Column 5 (Jan 30, 2007)

Going on a Manhunt

Today I'd like to talk about men, or at least the men that we t-ladies come across. And like my famous two types of trans ladies, there tends to be two types of gentlemen we might attract: trans admirers and straight men. But first, let me explain why this subjec... [more]

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