Sheila Gilhooly is a 60ish lesbian who has lived in Vancouver (Canada) since 1981. She was part of the dyke exodus from Ottawa, where she was born and raised. She told the story of being locked up in the mental hospital for being queer in the classic lesbian art show and book Still Sane, produced in collaboration with sculptor Persimmon Blackbridge.
But does she want to look like a man? No. Sheila Gilhooly claims her place as a woman--who routinely gets mistaken for a man. In Mistaken Identity Gilhooly tells stories of encounters in change rooms and washrooms, with gun-drawn security guards and surly police, who all react badly to discovering they’ve made a mistake about her gender.
Sheila Gilhooly is a woman.