For contributions to literature and struggle
San Diego weekly recognizes Leslie Feinberg
Published Sep 2, 2010 9:37 PM
Many thousands of people in the U.S. and in many other parts of the world have read
and been inspired by the writings of Leslie Feinberg, a transgender lesbian
activist, revolutionary working-class intellectual and Workers World newspaper
Sign at San Francisco Pride march
2010 depicting “Stone Butch
cover with photo of Leslie Feinberg.
WW photo: Judy Greenspan
Feinberg’s lifelong defense of all gender-based and sexuality-based human
variety; her scholarly explorations into the previously hidden history of
transgender people and of the revolutionary working-class movements for sexual
and gender liberation; and her novels, so profoundly insightful into the
workings of the human heart, have brought hope for liberation to untold numbers
of working-class and oppressed people. Feinberg’s words and actions have
educated many about the need to actively struggle for a more just world.
However, on a planet still dominated by the self-serving ideologies of the
billionaire capitalist class, representatives of implacable resistance to the
existing order are seldom recognized, much less praised, in the mass media.
So it was very exciting to come across a fitting tribute to Feinberg in the
latest issue of San Diego’s widely-read weekly, the Gay and Lesbian
Times. In a feature article on “the best of GLBT literature and
authors,” GLT editor Christina MacNeal offers a concise but thorough
listing of Feinberg’s published work:
“Feinberg’s first novel, ‘Stone Butch Blues,’ is widely
considered a groundbreaking work about gender. Feinberg also authored two
non-fiction books, ‘TransLiberation: Beyond Pink or Blue,’ and
‘Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis
Rodman.’ Feinberg also wrote the novel, ‘Drag King Dreams,’
and ‘Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba,’ a compilation of 25
journalistic articles. Feinberg’s partner is the prominent lesbian
poet-activist Minnie Bruce Pratt. Feinberg’s writings on GLBT history,
‘Lavender & Red,’ frequently appear in the Workers World
Finally, and very importantly, the article recognizes that, in addition to her
literary contributions, Feinberg is an activist and a speaker. MacNeal
concludes by calling Feinberg a “true pioneer and community
The online version of “An appreciation of the best of GLBT literature and
authors” can be found at gaylesbiantimes.com.
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