Stone Butch Blues

Stone Butch Blues

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgendered existence.

Woman or man? That's the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in a blue--collar town in the 1950's, coming out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist '60s, deciding to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early '70s. This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.

Leslie Feinberg is also the author of Trans Liberation , Trans Gender Warriors and Transgender Liberation , and is a noted activist and speaker on transgender issues.

Publisher: Los Angeles : Alyson Books, 2003, c1993.
Edition: First Alyson Books edition
ISBN: 9781555838539
Branch Call Number: FEINBERG
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jul 31, 2018

Incredible. I'm a straight white male and found it heartrending and immersive. One of the most moving, important books I've ever read.

TransProud May 18, 2014

Stone Butch Blues is wonderfully written set in the pre-Stonewall era. It is moving and extremely riveting. Keep your tissues handy as it may not be read with a dry eye. It is required reading for learning of the LGBTQ movement pre-Stonewall.

dead_bird_by_bird Feb 13, 2013

This books makes you want to rush to the front ranks of LGBT adovacy groups to take up the fight. It leaves you horrified at the abuse inflicted upon lesbians in the middle-part of the 20th century and the courage of the author to tell her story. A definite must-read for anyone wishing to understand the historic struggles of the LGBT movement.


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