Leslie Feinberg

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Leslie Feinberg
Born Diane L. Feinberg[1][2]
(1949-09-01) September 1, 1949 (age 64)
Kansas City, Missouri
Occupation Author, activist
Literary movement transgender liberation
Partner(s) Minnie Bruce Pratt


Leslie Feinberg (born Diane Leslie Feinberg[3][4] on September 1, 1949, in Kansas City, Missouri) is a transgender activist and author known for authoring Stone Butch Blues in 1993.[5][6][7]


Feinberg's 1993 first novel Stone Butch Blues, won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award. The work is not an autobiography.[5][6][7]

Feinberg has authored two non-fiction books, Transliberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Rupaul, the novel Drag King Dreams, and Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba, a compilation of 25 journalistic articles.

Feinberg is a member of the Workers World Party and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper.[8][9]

Feinberg's writings on LGBT history, "Lavender & Red," frequently appear in the Workers World newspaper. Feinberg has also been involved in Camp Trans and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry for transgender and social justice work.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Feinberg describes herself as a "white, working class, secular Jewish, transgender lesbian." Feinberg personally uses she or ze to describe her/hirself.[11]

Feinberg's life partner is the lesbian poet-activist Minnie Bruce Pratt.[12][13]

Feinberg has said that she has "chronic Lyme disease", Babesiosis, Bartonella and "co-infections," ostensibly from a tick bite in the 1970s.[14]

Books by Leslie Feinberg[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Reclaiming Genders - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Project MUSE - Words, Words, Words: Talking Transgenders". Muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ Reclaiming Genders - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Project MUSE - Words, Words, Words: Talking Transgenders". Muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  5. ^ a b Violence and the body: race, gender, and the state Arturo J. Aldama; Indiana University Press, 2003; ISBN 978-0-253-34171-6.
  6. ^ a b Omnigender: A trans-religious approach Virginia R. Mollenkott, Pilgrim Press, 2001; ISBN 978-0-8298-1422-4.
  7. ^ a b Gay & lesbian literature, Volume 2 Sharon Malinowski, Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast; St. James Press, 1998; ISBN 978-1-55862-350-7.
  8. ^ Leslie Feinberg: New book, birthday celebrated LeiLani Dowell, September 9, 2009.
  9. ^ Leftist transgender activist defies university censorship Larry Hales, LeiLani Dowell; Ft. Collins, Colo.; April 27, 2005.
  10. ^ "News and Events". Sksm.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  11. ^ "Challenging Gender Order. Two New Books on the Boundary", Buffalo News, January 22, 1993
  12. ^ "Annual Philip J. Traci Memorial Reading Feb. 6". February 3, 2005. 
  13. ^ Winterton, Bradley (December 16, 2003). "A transgender warrior spreads the word to Taiwan". Taipei Times. 
  14. ^ "Transgender Warrior" (Leslie Feinberg Official Website). Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  15. ^ http://www.transgenderwarrior.org/pdf/primary_works.pdf. Retrieved 2013-11-02.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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