Minnie Bruce Pratt & Leslie Feinberg at Camp
Trans, Michigan, 1995
|I share my home and
life with Leslie Feinberg, the novelist, historian, and transgender activist. In 1992 I
met Leslie at hir slideshow/lecture in Washington, D.C., where s/he spoke on the
historical basis for unity among people who experience different oppressionsand
where s/he read, looking up at me, from hir classic "Letter to a Fifties Femme."
Now, seven years later, s/he is my "one and only," my beloved lesbian husband.
I fell in love with Leslie because of hir voice, hir vision, and hir revolutionary
optimism. If you dont yet know hir work, rush to hir WEB site below.
My adult life has been an exhilarating struggle to understand how to resist, militantly,
the oppressive categories that the ruling status quo places on us, and how to live,
triumphantly, the identities and complexities that we feel to be true for ourselves. As my
life and Leslies flowed together, I gained immeasurably in my understanding of that
strugglein my understanding of how we live all our sexualities, sex identities, and
The stories in my book S/HE are about these complexities in our daily lifeand many
of them are also love tributes to Leslie. I could write a book about how much I love
hirand I have! Below is a link to one of the storiesmy "Kisses" for Leslie.