Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

Stone Butch Blues
Must-read for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of LGBT history beyond Glee. I literally cried in a bus terminal while reading this book. It’s a fictionalized memoir, similar in many ways to The Bell Jar, about someone on a long journey of trying to find their voice and their community. Jess identifies in turns as a butch lesbian, a transgender man, and finally as someone different altogether. This story is quite violent and can be difficult to read; within 50 pages, the main character has been called homophobic and antisemitic slurs, sexually assaulted and raped, institutionalized in an effort to “correct” her gender expression, and brutalized by the police in a pre-Stonewall era where gay bars could be raided at will. It ultimately ends happily, and you’ll be relieved above all else to see Jess in a place of self-confidence and self-acceptance.

Availability:  USMAI and COSMOS
Review Submitted by:  Molly McGowan
Rating:  Must Read

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