Leslie Feinberg, a pioneering transgender activist and writer of the seminal novel Stone Butch Blues, has died. Feinberg, 65, died of complications from “multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness” on November 15, 2014, at hir home in Syracuse, NY.

From The Advocate:

She died at home in Syracuse, NY, with her partner and spouse of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, at her side. Her last words were: “Remember me as a revolutionary communist.”

Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation,” and her work impacted popular culture, academic research, and political organizing.

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).

[…] Feinberg is survived by Pratt and an extended family of choice, as well as many friends, activists, and comrades around the world in struggle against oppression and for liberation.



[Photo via The Advocate]

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2 Responses to “Transgender Pioneer, Activist, and Author Leslie Feinberg, 65, Has Died”

  1. Joe Clark 18 November 2014 at 11:36 AM #

    And will Lambda Literary conduct primary research on Feinberg’s actual life and illnesses, including consideration of how societal condemnation of stone-butch lesbians forced her into transgenderism and the effects, if any, of testosterone on her health?

    Just FYI: Not a whole lot of people have Lyme disease for decades and die of it. I suppose she could have been the first, but when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not transzebras.

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