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Stone Butch Blues Book Club

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Stone Butch Blues Book Club
January 25, 2015 6:00 PM
January 25, 2015 9:00 PM
646 457 0859
January 7, 2015
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
212 620 7310
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Stone butch

Whether you loved it, hated it, or never even read it, why not join us for a discussion of Leslie Feinberg‘s Stone Butch Blues (1993)?

Stone Butch Blues is no longer in print, but the organizer of the event, Lana Povitz, will happily send you a free digital copy if you email her at lpovitz at


From Minnie Bruce Pratt’s Obituary in The Advocate:

Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease.

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).

From 2004-2008 Feinberg’s writing on the links between socialism and LGBT history, “Lavender & Red,” ran as a 120-part series in Workers World newspaper. Her most recent book, Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba, was an edited selection of that series.

Feinberg authored two other non-fiction books, Transgender Warriors: Making History and Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, as well as a second novel, Drag King Dreams.

For more on Leslie Feinberg check out this article by KaeLyn on Autostraddle.