I crossed the border in high heels (Crucé la frontera en tacones)

She crossed the border into her true identity.


Alexandra R. DeRuiz narrates her personal experience of crossing the border from Mexico to the United States in the 1970s, seeking to escape the stigma, violence, and persecution she faced in her country due to her identity as a trans person.

Once in the United States, she is forced to adopt multiple identities and face daily xenophobia, racism, transphobia, and violence as an undocumented trans and racialized person, until she can finally begin a new life.

However, during her journey through Mexico City, Tijuana, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Alexandra also finds allies with similar experiences who support her along the way.

Through her narrative, the author shows how transmigrants, with their unbreakable strength and resilience, manage to become who they truly are.



The novel, which has several editions, is highly recognized among the public, academics, and researchers specializing in gender studies.

The author, Alexandra R. DeRuiz, is a professor and researcher in sexuality and gender and the director of the program “Jauría Trans,” a virtual program that supports trans and non-binary people in Mexico City.


What the reviews say:

“An irreplaceable archetype of the transLatina experience of the 20th century.” Michael K. Schuessler

“A chronicle that often feels like a novel, with wonderful circumstances and characters.” Goodreads

“Hard and beautiful story. Stories that need to be told.” Goodreads


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV series, Miniseries, Film, TV Film.


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