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The Horn: aGLIFF Review: Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
Many people probably recognize Kate Bornstein's name from her books, including Gender Outlaw and My (New) Gender Workbook. She was also the second woman to ever receive a degree from Brown University. An author, performance artist, gender theorist, activist, and self-proclaimed trans-dyke, Bornstein has been an inspiration to many in the gender non-conforming community for decades.
Sam Feder has recently completed a documentary about Bornstein's life, entitled Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, a play on the title of her recent memoir. The film combines animation, interviews, verite, and archival footage of Bornstein's performances and lectures.
Bornstein is also honest about her involvement in the Church of Scientology. She says that what first drew her to Scientology is the idea that “people are not minds, not bodies, but immortal spiritual beings with no gender.” Bornstein left Scientology after 12 years. But now, since she is considered a “suppressive person,” she can have no contact with her daughter, who still practices Scientology, or her grandchildren.