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Memoirs

Betty Berzon

Two years after psychologist Betty Berzon came out as a lesbian in 1971, she won the fight to have the American Psychiatric Association declassify homosexuality as a mental illness.

Janis Ian

Folk musician Janis Ian won a Grammy in 1975 for her song “At Seventeen,” then won a second in 2013 for Society’s Child, her spoken word autobiography.

Joy Ladin

Poet and scholar Joy Ladin is the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox institution, Yeshiva University’s Stern College.

Kate Bornstein

Through performance art pieces like Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger and The Opposite Sex is Neither, Kate Bornstein questions society’s understanding of gender as a binary.

Liz Lerman

Hailed by the New York Times as “One of the most articulate and compassionate of social commentators in the arts today,” choreographer Liz Lerman has drawn inspiration from such unlikely sources as the US defense budget and a Department of Energy report on nuclear waste.

Sarah Silverman

Comedian Sarah Silverman has used her raunchy and irreverent deadpan humor as much to raise awareness about issues like women’s health as to entertain.

Chelsea Handler

When her confession in a DUI class left people rolling in the aisles, struggling actress Chelsea Handler launched a brilliant new career as a comedian.

Kate Bornstein, Seattle, 2010

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Kate Bornstein at Babeland in Seattle in 2010.
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Kate Bornstein at Babeland in Seattle in 2010.


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Liz Lerman

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Liz Lerman.
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Liz Lerman.


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"My Life on the Road" by Gloria Steinem Book Cover, 2015

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The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

The cover of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Random House, 2015).

Title spread photography by Marianne Barcellona.

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