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{Kate Bornstein }
Transexual Author, Playwright & Performance Artist

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us, and My Gender Workbook, which she is currently updating for a second edition after 15 years.

Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, propelled Kate into an international position of anti-bully advocacy for marginalized youth which has earned her two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe.

Kate's books are taught in five languages in over 200 colleges and universities around the world. She lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and one turtle, in whose company she wrote her new memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: the true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today." The book was released on May 1st, 2012, which is also Kate's 26th girl birthday.

"Kate is an icon in our community. She's really a national figure. What is so important about her is that she encourages people to think about difference, and she does so with such gentleness and humanity. I think of her as a gentle giant."
Yetta Kurland, Civil Rights Attorney and lesbian activist
"If Kate Bornstein didn't exist, we would have to invent her. But luckily for queers, straights, gender outlaws, and general readers, Bornstein is out and out there."
Dan Savage, author, columnist, and architect of the "It Gets Better Project"
To me, Kate Bornstein is like a mythological figure or a historical literary character such as Orlando or Candide who, by illustrating her struggles, shows the rest of us how to live."
Mx Justin Vivian Bond, author of Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels
"Bornstein is hilarious, honest, acerbic, and fearless in her presentations."
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