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The Trans-Evangelist: The Life and Times of A Transgender Pentecostal Preacher Paperback – November 28, 2012
About the Author
Paula Nielsen is a true pioneer. Born Larry Nielsen in 1938, she transitioned identity on May 1, 1963 and has lived as a transwoman ever since. In 1950 she became a born again Christian. With this experience, she received a call from God to preach. Throughout the 1960's, Paula was a patient of Harry Benjamin, MD. Dr. Benjamin has been long recognized as an expert on sexology and a leader in transsexual treatment. In 1966 he authored "The Transsexual Phenomenon". To avoid arrest Paula carried a letter from Dr. Benjamin. During this decade Paula sang in the choir, a tall girls' trio and a ladies' choralette in a prominent Foursquare church where they knew nothing about her transsexuality. She also worked for a leading theatrical agency as secretary to the comptroller. During the 1970's Paula was the first church secretary for Metropolitan Community Church in Portland, Oregon, when she came out publicly as a transwoman. In addition to assisting the pastor, Paula was editor of the church newsletter, and she participated in a student clergy program. She became the Religion Editor for the NW Fountain, a Pacific Northwest gay community newspaper. Continuing on throughout the 1980's, Paula wrote a column entitled 'Thoughts From Paula" for four different altnerative lifestyle publications. In 1980 Paula became a feature attraction as a cabaret entertainer at the legendary DARCELLE XV where she was billed as "Portland's Own Red Hot Mama", performing her popular emulation of Sophie Tucker. In December, 1987 Paula started the Sister Paula public access television program as an open transwoman preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout the 1990's Sister Paula made guest appearances on television programs. She was a featured guest on PM Magazine, Jenny Jones, Joan Rivers, The Daily Show, and Strange Universe. She also appeared on The Shirley Show, a Canadian national talk show. The BBC featured Sister Paula on "Saturday Night Clive". Fred Willard appeared with Sister Paula on two segments of her program as well as the national television program "Access America". People magazine featured the evangelist in an article about public access television. Feature articles about the renowned transgender preacher have appeared in many local newspapers. Sister Paula continues as a regular guest on the Sir Darryl internet Radio Experience, the most listened to program on the internet.
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When I first moved to Portland more than 20 years ago Paula was my neighbor and I became her friend. She can only be described as a courageous pioneer. She is well known in Portland. I have heard this comment scores of times regarding her TV show and the gospel she proclaims: "I don't quite understand it all, but she has never said anything with which I disagree". Because of her ministry I believe that literally millions of people now have a new and refreshing understanding of the true gospel that Jesus proclaimed. Only eternity will tell the contribution she has made to thousands of lives. With that said please note that this is not a book about dogma or doctrine or religion. It is the story of a transgendered woman and her tiumphs more than her tragedies. Becasue of this stance it is remarkably inspirational.
This book is a great read. MS. Nielsen certainly does have a gift in spinning a yarn. Her story is at times hysterical, at times inspiring, at times gritty, very insightful and consistantly honest.
I recommend this book without reservation. It is outstanding in every category!
I just loved it!