In order to celebrate the birthday of Leslie Feinberg on this day 1st September, a free .pdf of their most celebrated book Stone Butch Blues is being made available free of charge to whoever wishes to access it. Now a very popular text on many gender and sexualities courses, Leslie’s partner – Professor Minnie Bruce Platt – wants to make the book freely available.
In life, Leslie was an activist and advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people. Their communist values and their belief in open and free access to information are celebrated with the launch of this free eBook.
(via Sinclair Sexsmith, the ever awesome)
It doesn’t matter if you know it’s coming – the death of someone you admire is never, ever expected.
I can’t begin to say how much I admired Feinberg. One of the best things to have happen to me, like ever, was having Feinberg tell me they liked my work. That’s the kind of thing that still sustains me, to this day.
Oh, to all of you trans elders and butches and femmes who loved Leslie as a friend or lover, my heart goes to you, and especially to Minnie Bruce Pratt.
I’m pretty sure ze didn’t believe in heaven, but everything ze ever did here on earth made this place a little more in its image.
What a remarkable, heartfelt, compassionate, dedicated, consistent life of activism, writing, and speaking.
We will miss you more than anyone can say or anyone even realizes.
Oh, this sad news. Please do make sure you read the requests Leslie Feinberg has made about how to send well wishes and respect them.
I want to be the one to tell you that I am failing to thrive very rapidly, and a local hospice expert is working to set up care in our home.
In the meantime, messages of personal support are welcome, but I can’t respond. I can’t do interviews or videos.
Please no commercial inquiries of any kind.
Minnie Bruce and I welcome your messages of support at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not send these messages to our other e-mail accounts!
And—please do not ask for details or send medical advice.
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While it might not be realistic or possible, I have a fierce determination to get out in the streets with you all at the Central New York Pride March this Saturday, June 15.
We love you, Leslie, for all you have done and for who you are.
(Please take action & repost)
Message from Leslie Feinberg:
I am ordered to begin trial in Minneapolis today, Feb. 4 at 9 am (Central U.S. time zone).
The jury trial is expected to last about 2 days.
I am charged with 3rd-Degree Gross Misdemeanor for my June 4 solidarity action demanding the release of CeCe McDonald. The charge threatens a maximum 1 year sentence.
Help deliver the peoples’ verdict:
Send messages to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the city prosecutor — a mayoral political appointee:
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak — twitter: @MayorRTRybak; email: email@example.com; fax: (612) 673-2305;
phone: (612) 673-2100.
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal —
fax: (612) 673-2189;
phone: (612) 673-2010.
(via Original Plumbing.)