I am just so delighted that this popped up on my Facebook feed. Leslie Feinberg is one of the three OtherWise Prophets who I specifically acknowledge in OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation. However, their impact is mostly tangential to my (first) book and so they only appear in the preface and acknowledgements. Still, this video shows just a glimpse of how Feinberg tilled the soil of history for all of us.
Now, I don’t use the “b-word” because it is an unfriendly word from the French colonizers. Two spirit is the preferred umbrella term at this point, in terms of OtherWise-gendered folk in Native American culture. Yet, Feinberg’s story about learning about these cultural traditions points out how we sometimes have to dig through the dirt to find ourselves, long after they tried to bury us.
Excerpt from Outlaw (1994 short film by Alisa Lebow). Offered with great thanks for the witness of Leslie Feinberg, honored (tr)ancestor.
Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on August 26, 2019.
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