Cross Dressing: a Fetish, an
Obsession, a Lifestyle
Richard Novic, MD
Transgender person and author of the first modern-day
crossdressing memoir Alice in Genderland.
Richard Novic, M.D. is a psychiatrist practicing
psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. In addition to his
mainstream clientele, his patients include many
transgendered, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. He is
a member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender
Dysphoria Association and a columnist for GIRL TALK, a
popular transgender magazine, where “Go Ask Alice,” his
tell-it-like-it-is advice column, has been a hit since
Alice in Genderland tells the story of Dr. Richard
Novic, Harvard-educated psychiatrist and crossdresser.
No memoir like it has ever been published. Most of the
time, he is a man at the office or a husband and father
at home. But, with his wife’s support and blessing, one
evening a week, she is a woman about town, shopping,
dining, dancing, and dating a man for over five years.
Although he now leads a richly expressive life, Dr.
Novic suffered since childhood with a secret, a desire
he was in no way equipped to handle, but one that
eventually burst through his denial, a few months before
his wedding date. Just once, he felt, while he still
could, he had to know what it felt like to be a woman.
Like Alice in Wonderland, his curiosity led him to
fall headlong down a rabbit hole, through desperate
straits, mind-opening surprises, heart-rending changes,
and boundless love. By the time he was back on his feet,
he was a different person, living a lifestyle he hadn't
known existed. Anyone who has struggled to figure out
who they are and how they want to live will see himself
or herself in this powerful life story.