Leslie Tate

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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. Love’s Register tells the story of romantic love and climate change over four UK generations. Beginning with ‘climate children’ Joe, Mia and Cass and ending with Hereiti’s night sea journey across Oceania, the book’s voices take us through family conflicts in the 1920s, the pressures of the ‘free-love 60s’, open relationships in the feminist 80s/90s and a contemporary late-life love affair. Love’s Register is a family saga and a modern psychological novel that explores the way we live now.
    • A signed copy of Love’s Register is available in pounds sterling here.
    • The paperback in other currencies is available here.                                                 
    • Ebook for Kindle in £s here and in $s here.                                                           
    • For other ebook reading devices here (all currencies). 
  2. 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.
  3. The Dream Speaks Back, written by Sue Hampton, Cy Henty and Leslie Tate, is a joint autobiography exploring imagination and the adult search for the inner child. The book looks at gender difference, growing up in unusual families and mental health issues. It’s also a very funny portrait of working in the arts, full of crazy characters, their ups and downs, and their stories. You can buy a signed copy of The Dream Speaks Back 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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