Kate Bornstein and transgender people

Kate Bornstein (born March 15, 1948) is a nonbinary American author, playwright, and performer. Her important work on gender theory helped lay the groundwork for the resurgence of trans rights and culture in the 1990s.


Bornstein grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey and graduated from Brown University in 1969. They joined the Church of Scientology, moving into high ranks before leaving in 1981. She transitioned in 1986 and begain doing theatre in San Francsico.

In 2012, Bornstein was diagnosed with lung cancer, saying it had been cleared for two years in 2015.

Bornstein is the subject of the 2014 documentary Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, and they appeared with Caitlyn Jenner on the reality show I Am Cait.


  • Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. ISBN 978-0679757016.
  • Nearly Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure.  ISBN 978-1852424183.
  • My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely.  ISBN 978-0415916721.
  • Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws. ISBN 9781583227206.
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. ISBN 9781580053082.
  • A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir.
  • My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity. ISBN 978-0415538657.
  • Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (Revised and Updated). ISBN 978-1-101-97461-2.

Performance pieces

  • Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
  • The Opposite Sex Is Neither
  • Virtually Yours
  • Hidden: A Gender
  • Strangers in Paradox
  • y2kate: gender virus 2000
  • Hard Candy


Kate Bornstein (katebornstein.com)