Legendary Trans Activist Kate Bornstein is Battling Cancer (And You Can Help!)


Kate Bornstein, the famed transgender playwright, author and activist was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2011. Despite undergoing surgery, she learned in February that the cancer had returned. Doctors are confident that it is curable but her treatments and recovery are complicated by chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which Bornstein has had for more than a decade.

The prognosis is good, but she still faces several intensive treatments of radiation and chemotherapy, not to fund memention a mounting pile of bills.

Supporters aren’t just wishing her well—Ally Laura Vogel has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for medical bills and living expenses, and you can donate anything from $5 to $10,000.

Unlike Kickstarter, there’s no end date to this campaign—the goal is $100,000 and so far more than $9,000 has been raised.

To learn more, check out the campaign page. And order a copy of Bornstein’s new memoir, A Queer and Present Danger. It’s a great read!

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  • Nikkidane

    I wish her well. I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in Dec 2009 but I’m still here. Cancer is such a dreadful disease. My best friend just died of Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer and she was diagnosed 1 month before she was to retire.
    Kate Bornstein’s book “Gender Outlaw” changed my life and inspired me to have the courage to have Gender Reassignment Surgery, which was the smartest thing I ever did for myself.
    I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Geoff B

    @Nikkidane: My prayers and good thoughts are with you. I’ve lost my Dad, my Goddaughter and just last week my Great Aunt to cancer. It’s such a horrible disease and after seeing my Dad go through it, I root for anyone who faces this disease to beat it. I hope you’re doing well and hope and pray one day we can eradicate this.

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