November 21, 2014
“Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15.”
“Her historical and theoretical writing has been widely anthologized and taught in the U.S. and international academic circles. Her impact on mass culture was primarily through her 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, widely considered in and outside the U.S. as a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Sold by the hundreds of thousands of copies and also passed from hand-to-hand inside prisons, the novel has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Hebrew (with her earnings from that edition going to ASWAT Palestinian Gay Women).”
Read the rest of the obituary written by her wife, Minnie Bruce Pratt, on The Advocate.
Read a beautiful tribute to Feinberg written by Shauna Miller, published on The Atlantic.
A friend handed me Stone Butch Blues in college, and I devoured it over a weekend. Rest peacefully, Leslie, surrounded by the appreciation of people across the world.