Appreciation for Leslie Feinberg

Leslie Feinberg’s last words were “remember me as a revolutionary communist.”

Feinberg passed away in November, 2014 leaving behind a profound work of writings and work contributing towards human liberation. She was a powerful role model for many young lesbians, transgendered people, and people who reject oppressive norms imposed by this society. Hir first novel Stone Butch Blues, published in 1993 describes the oppression of queer/butch lesbian life in the 1970s.

I care which pronoun is used, but people have been respectful to me with the wrong pronoun and disrespectful with the right one. It matters whether someone is using the pronoun as a bigot, or if they are trying to demonstrate respect.

Feinberg worked with great effort for the freedom of CeCe McDonald. Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation,” and hir work impacted popular culture, academic research, and political organizing. Many of Feinberg’s writings are available in a collection Lavender & Red.

There is no liberation without trans liberation.

For communist revolution and trans liberation.

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