Anjelica Kieltyka

Charlotte Anjelica Kieltyka (born February 5, 1951) is an American photographer and artist. She is credited by her real name and by the pseudonym Cher Mondavi in J. Michael Bailey’s anti-transgender book The Man Who Would Be Queen, and she is prominently featured throughout.

Kieltyka is also featured prominently in the defense of Bailey by Alice Dreger.

Background

Kieltyka grew up in the Chicago area and attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1969 to 1972. In 1973, she won grand prize in the annual Chicago Tribune photography contest.

Kieltyka contacted Bailey in the mid-1990s after seeing him on television talking about transsexualism. She hoped to explain how she viewed her own life trajectory and to share her theories about gender variance with someone she saw as a respected authority. This led to a long-standing relationship where Kieltyka would get further validation and attention by performing in front of Bailey’s classes on sexuality. Kieltyka would in turn provide Bailey with access to young trans women she was mentoring, as well as older transgender people she knew through a local support group. Bailey would then see these women in a clinical or lab setting, and he would socialize with the young, attractive ones at nightclubs.

Kieltyka contacted Lynn Conway and me after Bailey’s book came out in 2003. She filed a formal complaint with Northwestern University for the inaccurate and lurid misuse of her biographical information in that book. She has also reported that Bailey admitted to fabricating a key final scene in his book.

She sent the following to Professor Bailey in the wake of his claims they were friends:

Dr. Bailey, Please refrain from any future remarks about “Cher” and/or Anjelica Kieltyka as being your friend….I am not your friend…You could not be my friend and write that book….Do not link Anjelica Kieltyka to “Cher” and /or Autogynophilia and or/ non homosexual transexual except in the context that I , Anjelica Kieltyka , vehemently and emphatically refuse that classification/diagnosis/opinion by you. Any further remarks by you in print or spoken word or use of my image/video describing me, Anjelica Kieltyka as “Cher” and/or Autogynophilic/non homosexual I will consider libelous and/or slander. Most openly and honestly yours, C. Anjelica Kieltyka P.S. I hope to teach you a “great deal” more about the souls of transexual women in the days to come.

Kieltyka now sees that her attempts to express her own feelings and opinions were being exploited and misrepresented by Bailey to further his narrow agenda and interests. The entire matter has left her very troubled and distrustful, as she feels Bailey and others have duped and exploited her. Most people are not going to see past Kieltyka’s eccentricities or unique worldview. It is much easier for people like Bailey to reduce someone like Kieltyka to a caricature than to treat her like a human being.

Kieltyka has since done forensic photo analysis for the Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation.

References

Surkan K (2007). Transsexuals Protest Academic Exploitation. [PDF] In Great Events from History: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Events, 1848-2006. Lillian Faderman, ed. Salem Press, 2007, ISBN 9781587652639

Dreger AD (2008). The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A Case History of the Politics of Science, Identity, and Sex in the Internet Age. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 2008 Jun; 37(3): 366–421.Published online 2008 Apr 23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-007-9301-1

Windsor EJ (2018). Power in the production of transgender knowledge: The controversy over The Man Who Would Be Queen. The Rutgers Journal of Sociology Knowledge in Contention, Volume II, 2018, pp. 2-37. [PDF]

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