Leslie Tate

Author and Poet

A short documentary by Jemma Driver ‘exploring the lives of the cross-dressing community. A series of interviews with cross-dressers from around England, this video’s aim is to educate people on what cross-dressing is and means to those who do it.’


  1. Heaven’s Rage is a memoir that explores addiction, cross-dressing, bullying and the hidden sides of families, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. “A Robin Red breast in a Cage / Puts all Heaven in a Rage” – William Blake. You can read more about/buy Heaven’s Rage here.
  2. Purple is a coming-of-age novel, a portrait of modern love and a family saga. Set in the North of England, it follows the story of shy ingénue Matthew Lavender living through the wildness of the 60s and his grandmother Mary, born into a traditional working-class family.  You can read more about/buy Purple here.
  3. Blue tells the story of Richard and Vanessa Lavender, who join a 90s feminist collective sharing childcare, political activism and open relationships. You can read more about/buy Blue here.



7 Responses

  1. I admire them so much. How lovely to feel comfortable enough to share their stories. I wish every the ability to feel happy in the skin, and to have the family support they deserve.

  2. What a lovely and thoughtful film. The greatest emotion emanating from it is peace. The greatest value is integrity. It’s good to see all three of you very relaxed and true–comfortable in your clothes, in your own skins, looking right into the camera.

    Leslie, somehow, you stand out as the unofficial spokesperson: there’s more than a willingness to speak and share; the energy of your message, the force of your voice also express a clear joy and hopefulness about humanity’s capacity to love.

  3. A truly inspiring film. I feel moved and grateful to know that you are out there doing what feels right. Everyone is unique, we need to remember this. The stigma of cross dressing must be dissolved and those who do cross dress need to be accepted, embraced, loved. I appreciated all three men and their willingness to talk about themselves. Thank you.

  4. Very touching, enlightening, and thoughtful. It’s reassuring that you all have loving friends and family who accept you as you are. Thank you for opening your lives to us. It takes great courage.

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