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About the Author

Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist. Kate's plays and performance pieces include Strangers in Paradox, Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, and y2kate: gender virus 2000. Kate's books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world, and ze has performed hir work live on college campuses as well as in theaters and performance spaces across the USA, in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. Kate lives in New York, NY.

S. Bear Bergman is a writer, a theater artist, an instigator, a gender-jammer, and a good example of what happens when you overeducate a contrarian. Ze is the creator of three award-winning solo performances, as well as a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics. Bear lives in Ontario, Canada.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053082
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sixteen years ago, Kate Bornstein published a land mark book in the transgender community, titled Gender Outlaws: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. It became a landmark work, exploring gender roles, attitudes and the fact that there are far more than just two genders. Now, in the year 2010, Kate and her co-author Bear Bergman have brought forth this generation's version, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.
Kate Bornstein, born into a male body in 1948, transitioned to a woman in 1986, and settled into the lesbian community as an author, playwright and gender theorist. However, while she definitely did not feel that she was a male, she also questioned whether or not she was female, stating that her transition to such was because it was the only other option to being male available to her. She launched into explorations of the gender binary and questioned the rigid idea that that only two polarities of gender - male or female - exist. Her books include Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure (Novel, co-authored with Caitlin Sullivan), My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws.
Bear Bergman's story comes from the opposite side of the gender fence. Ze was born in 1974, and is an activist, writer, theater performance artist and poet. Bear's work and life questions all facets of gender and gender expression. Hir's books include Butch is a Noun, The Nearest Exit May be Behind You, and now, with Bornstein, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.
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Fifteen years after Kate Borstein's landmark "Gender Outlaws" anthology, which gave the definitive platform to varied transgender voices, she joins well-known gender activist, author and performance artist, S. Bear Bergman, in this ambitious and impressive collection of prose, poetry, graphics and observations from 47 extremely diverse individuals involved in trans and "genderqueer" issues throughout the world, many of whom were quite young at the time of Borstein's original work. They illustrate how gender issues and stereotypical perceptions and attitudes in today's society and culture affect their lives, and provide a valuable insight to those both inside and outside of the movement. Facing a myriad of obstacles, they remain positive and focused on a future in which gender will be considered less of a given but more of a byproduct of being.

I'm a gay man who considered myself fairly well informed about transgender issues, but this book opened my eyes to issues and problems I could have never imagined as an outsider. From the "Catch 22" of being identified by others as a gender you were never comfortable with and left behind, to being criticized by other transsexuals because one declined (or could not afford) gender reassignment surgery, to the detailed experiences of a pregnant "transman," I not only learned a great deal from this book, but firmly now believe it makes the obstacles that gay men and lesbians face seem simple, by comparison. Recommended reading, five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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An AMAZING anthology of people's voices. It's heartening and happy and sad and sexy all rolled up into one fantastic book that I absolutely adore. There's a lovely piece by Julia Serano about the countless ways to express a trans identity, followed appropriately by Sam Peterson's section heralding a fourth wave of feminism - one of compassion. Every work in this book is beautiful. It's also comforting, as someone who isn't able to reach out into a local queer community, to know I'm not alone.
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This is an amazing book with so many stories from so many people.

I had a Kindle copy, but I decided I really prefer the softcover. There are so many authors here of such incredibly diverse styles, messages and formats.

Anything from plays to cartoons to short stories to personal tales.

If you want to learn the many ways one can be genderqueer or the cooler term Gender Outlaw this is a wonderful book.

And unlike Kate Bornstein's classic "Gender Outlaw" this is not an academic book, it's a heck of a lot of fun.

I already sent one to a friend. And the one I bought myself I think I will let my friend keep.

I will be buying this book for a lot of people.

A new classic
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After I studied some of Kate's work in one of my classes and saw her speak at my school, I bought this book. I have never been happier! Although I don't necessarily identify as a gender outlaw like the people represented in this book, this book really forced me to think outside the box and explore the truly fluid quality of gender. And the commentary presented by Bear and Kate is hilarious! I'd definitely recommend this book to any aspiring gender/queer theorist/enthusiast!
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This is an excellent collection of essays exploring gender outside of the traditional binary. For transgender or LGBT readers, this collection will expand your understanding of the diversity of our communities, for those who are not, this collection provides moving accounts of the experience of those of us who are outlaws who dare to live beyond the binary..
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