If you’ve done any research at all into trans* issues you’ve probably heard of Kate Bornstein. Author, activist, performance artist, and all around kick-ass human being. Last fall Kate announced that she had lung cancer. They treated it, and the doctors said the cancer was gone. But the cancer didn’t stay gone for long, that bitch. This time the treatment will be much more extensive, and complicated by the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia that she’s lived with for 15 years.
Now it’s time for the trans* community and its allies to think about giving back. Please support the Help Kate Bornstein Stay Alive campaign if you can. And spread the word. Even with insurance, cancer treatment is expensive as hell, and we want Auntie Kate with us, advocating for equality and suicide prevention and inspiring us all, for a long time to come.
On top of the feel-good of helping someone who has made a difference in the world, we’re going to offer a thank you, too. The first five people who donate at the Kate’s Cabbie level or higher, and then come back here and comment to let us know, can take their pick of a Kindle copy of any of Kate’s books. (If there’s a problem with geo restrictions, or if you don’t have a Kindle, we’ll work something out.) For the first person who donates at the No More Nausea level or higher and comments to let us know, we’ll pre-order you a paperback copy of Kate’s soon-to-be-released My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity.
So go forth and donate. Spread the word. Do good deeds. Fuck cancer. And help Auntie Kate Stay Alive.