Trans Role Model & Activist Kate Bornstein Needs Our Help To Fight Cancer

By: Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to read Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, go out right now and buy it. The woman has lived an incredible life — from being a male Scientology scout, to prize-winning playwright, trans activist and gender outlaw — and somehow managed to keep her wits and sense of humor through it all.

And now, after all of that, Kate’s battling cancer.

This past August, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She’s gone through surgery and chemotherapy and doctors believe her cancer is curable. But it’s also complicated by the fact that Kate has been dealing with another form of cancer for the past 15 years — Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. The chemo regiment she’s on is harsh, and she’s doing all she can to battle the cancer — and the chemo’s side effects — through diet and exercise.  Luckily, Kate does have health insurance, though it carries a high deductable. But the intensity of the treatment requires that Kate stop working and traveling and focus entirely on her health, which means that living expenses are going to begin piling up.

That’s why some of her friends have launched a Go Fund Me campaign so supporters can donate funds to keep Kate going. As the founder of the Go Fund Me campaign writes, “Kate’s work—her books, lectures, performances, apps, and online presence—has helped countless people choose life instead of suicide.  Kate’s efforts have literally saved thousands of lives. Now, it’s time for all of us to save the life of just one person: Kate Bornstein.”

The Go Fund Me campaign page allows people to donate as little as $5 or as much as $10,000. So far, in six days, the campaign has raised more than $97,000. Kate’s always been a vocal advocate for people living on the margins, and it’s great to see so many stepping up to the plate to help her when it’s needed most. [Go Fund Me]