Girl Shock!

I dressed as a girl for Halloween but then she took over my life!

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Pub Date 30 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
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Transgender YouTube Host Maria Konner Tells Transformative Journey From Bored Suburban Husband to Dressing In Drag One Halloween to Being a Trans Entertainer in San Francisco to Becoming the Woman He Always Fantasized About  in Engrossing New Memoir

Girl Shock! I dressed as a girl for Halloween but then she took over my life!

This true story has no labels or judgement of others and their journey of self-discovery and sexuality exploration. Maria Konner takes you on her journey from living a frustrated and bored straight-dude life in the 'burbs to becoming a fabulous trans entertainer in San Francisco. It all starts after a Halloween costume feels better than anyone could have imagined. What starts as a lark, quickly becomes a lifestyle and all the sordid details of Maria’s transformation leave you cheering for her all the way. Girl Shock! holds nothing back as Maria takes the reader on this thrilling tour of San Francisco’s underground alternative lifestyles scene packed with celebrities, influencers, rock stars, photos, comics, illustrations and all its kinky bits. (Memoir/LGBTQ)

Told in a frank and entertaining manner, Maria details her experiences at Diva's, the legendary trans bar located two blocks from her new apartment. There, she enters into a world of alternative lifestyles, sexual experimentation, crossdressing, and hardcore kink as she tests the boundaries of her sexuality. At the same time, she examines the changing concept of femininity within herself and launches her YouTube series, Under the Golden Gate.

In Girl Shock! Maria discusses her affinity with being a “spiritual hermaphrodite” as well as these very important topics for self-discovery as a transgender person:

• The Homogenous Existence Before: always feeling like you are missing something.

• Checking Out From the Straight World: Fear and shame held Maria back from finding her happiness.

• Labels Are Only for Clothing: stop judging yourself by other people’s need for conformity.

• Trans Dating – there’s an APP for that but it’s still complicated.

• Reverence for the Spiritual Hermaphrodite: This is what this country needs more of!

• The Pronoun Lowdown: Society’s new obsession to define and label.

• America is Better Transgender People in Politics: the more complete masculine and feminine whole person.

• Trans In the Community: To get more people accepting of trans people, be more present in the straight world.

• And so much more …

Maria introduces the reader to the myriad of celebrities, porn stars, actors, activists and politicians who frequent the lifestyle for a true insider's look at art, music, performance, and humanity. Maria tells stories about:

• Jane Weidlan – from all Girl band The Gogo’s, recently inducted into Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame

• Jello Biafra – Punk Rock legend and lead singer of the “The Dead Kennedy’s”

• Sebastian Keys – Porn star

• Sister Roma – Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – a worldwide order of gay nuns

• Cassandra Cass – Transgendered actress and reality TV star

• Tom Ammiano – Local and CA politician, activist, protégé of Harvey Milk, first gay teacher to come out

• Peaches Christ – SF Drag queen who impersonates Elvira

• Honey Mahogany – RuPaul drag race alumni, trans activist, and running for office.

#selfdiscovery #sexuality #trans #LGBTQ #genderfluidity #drag #kinkysex #entertainment

Maria Konner:

After escaping from the straight suburbs and landing in San Francisco, Maria bubbled up and exploded all over town. She performs around the West Coast with her rock band Not From Jersey! playing guitar and singing mostly original songs, as well as playing jazz/blues/cabaret piano at various venues. She is also a host for her YouTube channel underthegoldengate.com where she performs, interviews guests (and some celebrities too!), and films various events around town interviewing people.


Transgender YouTube Host Maria Konner Tells Transformative Journey From Bored Suburban Husband to Dressing In Drag One Halloween to Being a Trans Entertainer in San Francisco to Becoming the Woman He...


Advance Praise

"In sharing the story of her trans life, Konner paints quite a celebratory picture of what it can mean to be a San Franciscan. It's a familiar portrait to those already involved in the trans, drag, kink or underground nightlife communities. Konner lets the uninitiated know in no uncertain terms that San Francisco is a place where you can find and be your true self and bring your fantasies to life without guilt or judgment." -- Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco

"In sharing the story of her trans life, Konner paints quite a celebratory picture of what it can mean to be a San Franciscan. It's a familiar portrait to those already involved in the trans, drag...


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Maria Konner packs everything into her memoir. There are cartoons, photos, illustrations, and of course her story. Is her story unique? No, but how she presents it makes it stand out. She talks about all of her firsts as a girl and sometimes in great detail. (wink) Konner is also funny. She was open to new experiences and life around her and luckily for us she is pretty self-aware. I feel like I can go to San Francisco and walk her footsteps, but definitely not in heels. Girl Shock is a love affair with the city and with the rainbow community. Girl Shock reads like you are sitting at the bar listening to someone who hasn’t been back in awhile reminiscing about people and places. Konner is a definite name dropper. “Do you remember so and so...they used to hang outside Divas smoking cigars? Well I gotta story for you….” You listen because it's entertaining and maybe they will mention a place, person, or experience you are familiar with. Konner takes us on her journey of self-awareness. It’s funny, cringing, and best of all entertaining. Girl Shock isn’t a shocker, but it is definitely worth a read. I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

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