San Diego weekly recognizes Leslie Feinberg
By Bob McCubbin
San Diego, Calif.
Published Sep 2, 2010
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 managing editor.
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 newspaper."
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
The online version of "An appreciation of the best of GLBT literature
and authors" can be found at gaylesbiantimes.com.