Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg
Published originally in 1996, Paperback
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.