Stone Butch Blues: The Writings of Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg portrait
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"More exists among human beings than can be answered by the simplistic question I'm hit with every day of my life: 'Are you a man or a woman?'"
—Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue

In 1993, Leslie Feinberg wrote what is considered to be one of the best books ever written about the complex life of a transgender individual and is sometimes considered as starting the transgender rights movement.  Since then, Feinberg has gone on to write or edit seven more titles. Feinberg is an activist in the lesbian, gay and transgender movement as well as movements that fight the oppression of woman, Native cultures, people with disabilites and the working class.

Stone Butch Blues: This groundbreaking novel follows the life of Jess Goldberg, a differently gendered individual growing up in a blue-collar town during the 1950s, coming out as a butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall days of the 1960s and deciding to live life as a man in the 1970s.

Transgender Warriors: A very personal journey through history that uncovers that there have always been those that cross the lines of gender conformity.

Trans Liberation: A collection of Feinberg's speeches on trans liberation and how it connects to the liberation of all.

Drag King Dreams: This novel is the story of Max Rabinowitz, butch lesbian and bartender at a drag king club in the East Village. When her friend, a transvestite, is found murdered, she and her community of gender non-conformists stand up to fight back.