As most know our community lost a warrior this last week in the passing of Leslie Feinberg, trans Butch lesbian author and activist. Ivan Coyote wrote the best piece on Leslie’s passing, which you can read here. Ivan Coyote: Blue Not-so-stone Butch
I can’t even put into words what Ivan managed to do so well with this tribute. Leslie’s authenticity spoke for hir in volumes. It’s important to convey who Leslie is to younger generations who have not yet read Stone Butch Blues or who ever had the chance to see or hear Leslie speak. Leslie has been a pioneer in LGBT history, and will be remembered as such; as a warrior and for her great contribution to the literary world, as well as to the LGBT community.
Ivan talks about Stone Butch Blues being such a land-mark piece of literature that gave her the inspiration to write down her own stories. I think that Leslie’s courage rubbed off on many of us. I know as a Butch writer it’s been because of the courage and determination of other LGBT authors that I continue to write down myself. Stone Butch Blues was the first book of it’s kind where I could read about someone with similar issues to my own. I could see myself in Jess and it made me feel so not alone. I read it and was like “damn! there are others like me in the world!” Coming from a very rural area, I didn’t have a lot of contact with others on the Butch spectrum, so it was refreshing to be able to read about someone like me. I think many Butches can relate to the book in some way or another.
RIP Leslie, you will be sorely missed.