Literature Program

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.


Gay & Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS) of WNY, Just Buffalo Literary Center, & Hallwalls present

A Tribute to Leslie Feinberg: An Evening of Readings & Remembrances

Last week, transgender pioneer Leslie Feinberg, who identified as "an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist," died on November 15.

Feinberg died at home in Syracuse, NY, with her/hir partner and spouse of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, at her/hir side. Her/hir last words were: "Remember me as a revolutionary communist."

Around the world, members of the LGBTQ community have paused to honor her/hir significant contribution to not only advance transgender and lesbian rights, but the struggle of all oppressed people.

Here in Buffalo, we are keenly aware of the impact of Feinberg's loss, as someone who lived the blue-collar experience and chronicled it through her/hir autobiographical fictional work Stone Butch Blues.

This event is an opportunity to pause, reflect, and refocus our efforts on how each of us can continue to carry Leslie's work forward by contributing to a more equitable and just world. We will do so with community members reading from various texts that she/zie has written over her/hir lifetime.

In addition to these readings, an 11-minute excerpt of video documentation from Leslie's appearance at Trinity Church on June 2, 2006 will be shown. Featuring Aaron Bartley, Ari Moore, Ben Siegel, Bryan Ball, Caitlin Crowell, Edmund Cardoni, Erin Heaney, Harper S.E. Bishop, Jennifer Connor, Jonathan Katz, Kate Elliott, Laurie Dean Torrell, Mickey Harmon, Paul Morgan, Ron Ehmke, Ruth Goldman, S. Alexander Abel-Smith, Siobhan Fitgerald Cusing, Et Cetra.