Leslie Feinberg, author of the groundbreaking book, Stone Butch Blues, challenged gender roles and how we look at gender. She was a hero to many within the LGBTQ community especially for many butch lesbians, trans men and gender queers. The 1993 novel was truly ahead of its time in many ways and has been distributed all throughout the world and translated into seven languages.
She has written several other successful novels such as Drag King Dreams, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History.
Feinberg was a revolutionary in many ways. Born into a working class Jewish family from Buffalo, New York, Feinberg found herself often identifying with the working person and became a life-long member of the Workers World Party in her 20s. She struggled to find work due to discrimination which drove her to become involved as an activist. She organized many rallies over the years for anti-war, LGBTQ and social justice issues.
Her partner of 22 years best described Feinberg in an obituary that was released to the public:
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, babeisiosis, and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness.
She died at home in Syracuse, New York with her partner and spouse Minnie Bruce Pratt by her side.