TRANSGENDER WARRIORS: Making History From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman

In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg–one of the most prominent gender rights activists today–uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Out of hir embattled childhood and teenage years as a gender outlaw, Feinberg began a search for others like hir in history.

Ze found a long tradition of fighting back against injustice—from Joan of Arc to the Welsh peasants who cross-dressed to protest taxes; from the Black and Latina drag queens who led the Stonewall Rebellion to transsexual parents today. Despite the sometimes terrible price that traditional society often exacted of these transgender warriors, Feinberg urges us to receive them as heroes and visionaries.

Illustrated with many never-before-published historical images and contemporary photographs, Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression—from ancient Syria to the contemporary United States—and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.

SOFTCOVER 1997 240pp. ISBN 978-080707941-6 / $24.95
Beacon Press
112 illustrations; notes; bibliography
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Transgender Warriors: on Sojourners’ list of Feminist Books of the 20th Century


No book since Toni Morrison’s Beloved gives so much and holds itself so well. History becomes art, the political becomes transformative, the personal becomes universal.
—CRAIG HICKMAN, Gay Community News

Transgender Warriors does far more than document the history of transgenders. It delves into the transgender experience, inviting the reader to consider a spectrum of gender possibilities.
—LINDA GEORGE, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

A ground-breaking gift to both the transgender community and the world at large.

A well-written, well-researched compendium of transgender history.
—HARRIET L. SCHWARTZ, Philadelphia Gay News

Nobody will remain unaffected by this book.


Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the May 16, 1996 issue of Workers World newspaper:

Review by Cyber Grrl, Lee Anne Phillips

Marxism, The Nation and Transgender Warrior

also translated into Czech