Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein

That’s the title of the GoFundMe campaign that was started by Kate’s friend Laura Vogel:

Kate Bornstein has cancer.  The good news, direct from the team of skilled doctors on her case, is that the cancer is curable.  However, the treatment plan that gives Kate the best chance of beating cancer is incredibly expensive.  Kate has spent the past thirty years helping the rest of us Stay Alive—now it’s our turn to give back.  Let’s HELP KATE BORNSTEIN BEAT CANCER AND STAY ALIVE!

This August, Kate was diagnosed with lung cancer.  She underwent surgery, after which extensive testing led her doctors to believe that the cancer was gone.  However, in February, Kate’s doctors discovered that this was not, in fact, the case.  The cancer was back.  Since receiving this news, Kate has seen numerous talented physicians and other medical professionals.  The consensus is that Kate’s cancer IS CURABLE.  However, Kate’s treatment plan is more complicated than most because she has suffered from another kind of cancer–CLL, or Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia–for over fifteen years.  Kate will undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  She will eat according to strict nutritional diet plan and she will take a large number of supplements that will strengthen her body’s ability to handle the chemo and radiation.

Kate has been an inspiration for so many of us. Let’s give something back to her. Please go here to donate something if you can. And please help get the word out. Thank you.

Update: If you’re unable to make an online donation, there’s a P.O. box that’s been set up:

Kate Stay Alive

PO Box 415

NY, NY 10108
email: katestayalive@gmail.com

Location: Dixon Place
316 Chrystie Street, New York NY, 10002 [map]
Tickets: $20 general / $15 students & seniors
Online Tickets: www.hotfestival.org;

Sean Dorsey Dance

Sean Dorsey Dance

Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein

After taking San Francisco by storm with an extended sold-out run, standing ovations and critical praise, Sean Dorsey’s acclaimed Uncovered: The Diary Project is coming to New York! This one-weekend-only New York performance features a collaboration with and world premiere prologue performance by legendary author, playwright and performance artist Kate Bornstein.

Sean Dorsey (trailblazing transgender choreographer and winner of two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and the Goldie Award for Performance) and a stellar cast of dancers chase the naked truth in Uncovered: The Diary Project. Using text from actual, real-life diaries, Uncovered’s powerful dances reveal lives and stories that history has tried to erase.

This powerful, highly praised dance theater concert is the culmination of a year-and-a-half long research process in which Dorsey uncovered and researched diaries of transgender and queer people – from the famous to the unknown. Uncovered features ‘Lou,’ a suite of dances based on the lifelong journals of Lou Sullivan (1951-1991), a San Francisco transsexual gay man and pioneering activist; and ‘Lost/Found,’ the story of an imaginary boyhood based on a very real diary. Uncovered offers an evening of full-bodied, powerful dances honoring remarkable life stories.

Uncovered features an outstanding cast of performers: Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, Juan de la Rosa, Nol Simonse and special guest Kate Bornstein. Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist whose latest book is “Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives To Suicide For Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.” Other published works include the ground-breaking books “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us;” and “My Gender Workbook.” All three books are now taught in over 150 colleges and universities around the world. Kate performs, lectures, and facilitates workshops at college campuses, theaters and performance spaces across North America, Europe, and Australia. Kate is currently working on a memoir – “Kate Bornstein Is A Queer And Pleasant Danger” – due for a 2010 release by Seven Stories Press.

Call For Submissions
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
Kate Bornstein & S Bear Bergman, eds

Deadline: 1 September 2009

In the fifteen years since the release of Gender Outlaw, transgender narratives have made their way into cultural locations from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today’s trannies and other sex/gender radicals are writing a radically new world into being. GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION (Seal Press) will collect and contextualize the work of this generation’s most forward-thinking trans/genderqueer voices—new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world’s most respected mainstream news sources. Edited by that ol’ original Gender Outlaw herself, Kate Bornstein and writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION will include essays, commentary, comic art and conversation from a diverse a group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.

*What we’re looking for*

GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION wants to collect work that represents a quantum leap forward in thinking and talking about gender and the gender binary, in the same way Gender Outlaw did almost twenty years ago. So blow us away. Bring the smart, bring the sexy, blind us with science, break the gender barrier, shine a bright light (or a disco ball) on the whole gender situation. Tell us about your future, what you imagine, how you want things to go and what you (and your friends) intend to do about it. Think big.

We’ll look at whatever you have for us – essays, graphic art, interviews/conversations, haiku, rants – as long as you’re thinking smart and fresh about sex and gender (and being an outlaw, of course). We will feel especially keen about your work if it adds to or advances the conversation about gender (as distinct from simply reflecting it, or lamenting it).

People of any identity are encouraged to submit work. This means you – yes, you!

We intend to privilege non-normatively gendered/sexed voices in the book but will include all the good stuff we can, regardless of current identifiers of the author.

*The Details*

Deadline: Sept 1 (early submissions are encouraged). Submissions should be unpublished; query if you have a reprint that you think we’ll swoon for. While we hesitate to list a maximum, please query first for pieces over 4,000 words. If you have an idea and need help writing it out, contact us to discuss an interview-style piece or other accommodations.

Submit as a Word document or black/white JPEG (no files over 2MB). Please include a cover letter with a brief bio and full contact information (mailing address, phone number, pseudonym if appropriate) when you submit. Submissions without complete contact information will be deleted unread. Payment will be $50 and 2 copies of the book upon publication in Fall 2010. Contributors retain the rights to their pieces. Send your submission as an attachment to genderoutlawsnextgeneration at gmail dot com.