Cover Photo: A crowd of children dressed as Elvis Presley, the child in the center lowering their Elvis sunglasses to give someone just off-camera a mock-flirtatious look.

How Being a Child Elvis Impersonator Helped Me Find My Non-Binary Self

Each performance provided a hit of adrenal love. I lived on it. I survived off of it. Until, that is, that moment in the bathroom when I was thirteen.

I was thirteen when I was forced into retirement from my career as an Elvis impersonator.

Full House,

Well since my baby left me. I found a new place to dwell.

It’s down at the end of lonely street at heartbreak hotel.


Addie Liechty is a Bay Area psychotherapist, singer-songwriter, and writer of poetry and essays. Their writing interests include the intersections of spirituality, religion, psychology, and social justice.