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Califia, Patrick (b. 1954)  
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Prior to gender reassignment Califia had been anxious about its effect on her career since she had built her reputation as a lesbian writer and activist. According to Heather Findlay, editor of the lesbian Girlfriends Magazine, readers "begged us to maintain Pat as the [sex advice] columnist." (The magazine did, however, change the title of the column from "Girl Talk" to "Kiss and Tell.")

Califia Today

Califia has also continued publishing and now has over twenty books to his credit, including a recent vampire novel, Mortal Companion (2004). More are in prospect.

In recent years Califia has suffered from fibromyalgia, an auto-immune disease that causes nerve damage. Despite pain and fatigue due to the condition, he continues to write and to be as active as possible in conferences and community events.

Califia has always been candid in his views and also forthright in acknowledging past stances that he now believes to be in error. In a 2000 interview he stated that he no longer supports the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) or the abolition of age-of-consent laws. In both cases his reasoning has to do with the welfare of young people.

His initial support for NAMBLA stemmed from his conviction that people should not be harassed for expressing their views, no matter how unpopular those are. He now takes issue with NAMBLA, however, on the question of sex between men and young boys, which he calls "developmentally inappropriate." Similarly, he has dropped his opposition to age-of-consent laws because he feels that parents frequently fail to provide their children with adequate sex education to permit them to make informed decisions.

Califia's continuing sexual journey has been an extraordinary one, and her, now his, views have often been outside the mainstream. Even those who disagree with his political opinions or his advocacy for S/M, however, may applaud his consistent call for all people to be treated with dignity and respect.

Linda Rapp

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Barnard, Ian. "Macho Sluts: Genre-Fuck, S/M Fantasy, and the Reconfiguration of Political Action." Genders 19 (June 30, 1994): 265-291.

Califia, Pat. "Pat Califia's Book Sex Changes." 1997. Society for Human Sexuality.

Califia-Rice, Patrick. "Family Values." Village Voice 45 (June 27, 2000): 46-47.

Cusac, Anne-Marie. "Profile of a Sex Radical." The Progressive 60 (October 1996): 34-37.

Hall, Neal. "Bookstore Loses Obscenity Fight: Little Sister's: Customs Decisions Complex, Judge Says." Vancouver Sun (January 20, 1996): A1.

Herren, Greg. "The Author Formerly Known as Pat: An Interview with Patrick Califia-Rice." Lambda Book Report 8 (June 2000): 13-14.

Marech, Rona. "Radical Transformation: Writer Patrick Califia-Rice Has Long Explored the Fringes. Now the Former Lesbian S/M Activist Is Exploring Life as a Man." San Francisco Chronicle (October 27, 2000): 1.

"Patrick Califia." Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing.

Stoffman, Judy. "Lawyer Challenges Customs' Power: Says Provinces Should Handle Gay Videos and Magazines." Toronto Star (December 15, 1994): E8.


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    Entry Title: Califia, Patrick  
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