A fierce advocate for youth and “gender outlaws,” Kate Bornstein is a Jewish transgender author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist. Born Albert Bornstein, Kate was raised in a Conservative Jewish community in New Jersey. She is best known for her groundbreaking books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, My Gender Workbook and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws. Her many plays and performance pieces explore queer identity and the rigid binary system of gender and sexuality that reinforce homophobia and transphobia.
Kate Bornstein performing at the Keshet Cabaret, 2010. Photo: Meri Bond
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March 15 born as Albert Herman Bornstein in Neptune, New Jersey.
Graduated from Brown University where she majored in dramatic arts. Her roles included King Lear and the king in the musical The King and I.
Began studying drama at Brandeis University on full scholarship.
Underwent series of sex reassignment surgeries.
Bornstein’s play Hidden: A Gender premiered in San Francisco.
Bornstein’s play The Opposite Sex is Neither toured throughout the US and Canada.
Bornstein’s one-person show Virtually Yours toured throughout the U.S.
Bornstein’s book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us was published.
Published My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely.
Bornstein co-wrote the play Two Tall Blonds in LOVE with partner Barbara Carrellas. It headlined On the Edge Festival of the Theater Offensive, Boston in June.
Kate is commissioned to write and perform Strangers In Paradox: The True Story of Casey and The Kidd for the 25th Anniversary season of Theatre Rhinoceros.
Bornstein published Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.
Kate Bornstein received Keshet Hachamat Lev award for her work as a Jewish transgender activist, theorist, and performer.
Kate was honored by Brown University at the 40th anniversary of class of 1969 graduation.
Published “Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation” in collaboration with S. Bear Bergman.