In Memoriam: Activist and transgender pioneer Leslie Feinberg

By John Mack Freeman

Leslie Feinberg passed away on November 15th. Feinberg was self-described (per as a ” an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist.” Feinberg is survived by her partner of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues was a groundbreaking work on the complexity of gender that won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 Stonewall Award for Literature. For more on Feinberg’s life and work, see the obituary on


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