Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Kate Bornstein

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Kate Bornstein discusses her life as a writer and actor. Moving between growing up in a Jewish family on the New Jersey shore, studying acting in school, joining the Church of Scientology, finding community in a dyke BDSM community in San Francisco and last twenty years living in NYC, Bornstein consistently emphasizes her grappling with gender, eventual revelation she is neither a man nor a woman, and understanding of the oppressive nature of gender dualisms. Bornstein is among the best-known trans authors since the mid-1990s, influencing a generation in her fusion of personal memoir and postmodern gender theory. (Photo is self-portrait by Bornstein.)

Item Information:

Identifier
xd07gs899
Collection
Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Bornstein, Kate
Contributor(s)
O'Brien, Michelle Esther
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Nov. 4, 2019
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
9/11 Terror Attacks
A Queer and Pleasant Danger
A Thousand and One Ways to Live Without Working
America Online
B'hai
Barbara Carrellas
Christine Jorgensen
Church of Scientology
Gazebo
Gender Just for the Fun of it: Compassionate Gender Strategies for Divisive Times
Gender Outlaw
Hello Cruel World
I Am Cait
Jamison Green
Laura Vogel
Lee Sullivan
On Our Backs
Power Surge
Tuli Kupferberg
We Croak
Places
California > San Francisco County > San Francisco
Pennsylvania > Philadelphia County > City of Philadelphia > Philadelphia
New York
Washington > King County > City of Seattle > Seattle
Colorado > Denver County > Denver
New Jersey > Monmouth County > City of Asbury Park > Asbury Park
New York > East Harlem
Massachusetts > Middlesex > City of Waltham > Brandeis University
Topic(s)
Activists
Actors
Buddhism
Cancer
Chat rooms
Childhood
Counseling
Crossdressers
Crowdsourcing
Cults
Death and dying
Drag queens
Ethnic groups
Femininity
Film
FtMs
Fundraising
Gender
Gender diversity
Gender realignment surgery
Health
Health care
Lesbians
LGBTI community
Overweight people
Postmodernism
Religions
Scientology
SM
Suicide
Theatre
Transgender community
Transgender people
Transgender studies
Women's studies
World war II
Wrestling
Writers
Youth
Resource Type
Audio
Text
Language
English
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