Leslie Feinberg came of age as a young butch lesbian in
the factories and gay bars of Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1960s.
Since that time, Feinberg has been a grass roots activist
and a journalist. Ze is known in the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender movements in the U.S. and
countries around the world. The lesbian magazine Curve
named Feinberg one of the "15 Most Influential."
Feinberg was the opening speaker at the historic rally on
the 25th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall rally in New
York City-a rally that drew 1million people from across
the country and around the world. A video about Leslie
Feinberg entitled Outlaw has been distributed by Women
Make Movies nationally and internationally.
Feinberg's novel, Stone Butch Blues, published on March 1,
1993 by Firebrand Books, has received a wildly popular
response in the United States and has been translated into
Chinese, German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Slovenian and
Hebrew. The novel won the prestigious American Library
Association Award for Gay and Lesbian Literature and a
LAMBDA Literary Award.
Feinberg's non-fiction work, Transgender Warriors: Making
History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul is the first analysis
of the historical roots of transgender oppression.
Transgender Warriors won the 1996 Firecracker Alternative
Book Award for Non-Fiction. In Spring 1996, Beacon
released the paperback edition, newly subtitled: Making
History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman.
Feinberg's non-fiction book Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink
or Blue (Beacon) contains a compilation of speeches by the
author with written portraits by other trans activists."
Drag King Dreams, Feinberg's second published novel, was
released by Carroll & Graf (Avalon) in March 2006.
Feinberg is a national leader of Workers World Party, and
a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. S/he is
well-known in the U.S. and many other parts of the world
as an activist who works to help forge a strong bond
between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.
As a trade unionist, anti-racist and socialist, Feinberg
also organizes to build strong bonds of unity between
these struggles and those of movements in defense of
oppressed nationalities, women, disabled, and the
working-class movement as a whole. Feinberg has worked for
more than three decades in defense of the sovereignty,
self-determination and treaty rights of Native nations and
for freedom of political prisoners in the U.S. Ze is an
internationalist and has been part of the anti-Pentagon
movement since the U.S. war against Vietnam.
Feinberg has toured the country, speaking at Pride rallies
and protest marches, and at scores of colleges and
To see a selected list of events that Feinberg has
addressed, and other activities ze has taken part in, see