Kate Bornstein  

“Do whatever it takes to make your life more worth living, just don’t be mean.”

  • Name: Kate Bornstein
  • Born: March 15, 1948
  • Died: Alive, battled lung cancer in 2014 and leukemia for years before that.
  • From: Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • Pronouns: She/her, They/them
  • Occupation: Author, playwright, gender theorist
  • Impact: Author, playwright, leading gender theorist, seeing gender as a journey and a conscious practice. Writes books and plays about gender theory, as well as notable work on suicide prevention.
  • Interesting Facts: Doesn’t identify on the gender binary, and is part of the lesbian community. Kate had a gender transition, because they didn’t identify as a man, but still doesn’t identify as a women. Kate was a cast member on the TV show ‘I am Cait.’ 
  • Known For:  Gender Outlaw (2016), A Queer and Pleasant Danger (2013), Hello Cruel World (2009)
  • Awards: Lambda literary award finalist for LGBT nonfiction and honorbook for the stonewall childrens and young adult literature (Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives). Won a lambda literacy and publishing triangle award in 2011 for Gender: Outlawsanthology. Work on suicide prevention earned two citations of outstanding citizenship from New York city council. 

Kate Bornstein is a nonbinary Author and Playwright. Born in 1948, Kate has written about the many struggles faced, including ptsd, gender theory, suicide prevention, and their own journey with gender identity. Kate’s work is in over five languages, 300 high schools, and universities. Important figure for the trans community as well as those who don’t identify on the gender binary. Recently, They did a theatrical tour of England, and can be seen acting in the film Saturday Church.  



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