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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 13, 2003

Activist to Discuss Transgender Rights at UI Speech

Leslie Feinberg, an author and activist for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender rights, will discuss the liberation of trans-gendered people in an appearance at the University of Iowa.

Feinberg's speech, "Trans Liberation as the Basis for Unity," will start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public.

Feinberg is well known in the U.S. and many other parts of the world as an activist who works to help forge a strong bond between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As a trade unionist and socialist, Feinberg also organizes to build strong bonds of unity between these struggles and those of movements in defense of oppressed nationalities, women, disabled and the working class movement as a whole.

Feinberg's books include Stone Butch Blues, Transgender Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, and Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Ru Paul.

This event is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee. It is free and open to the public. Individuals needing special accommodations are encouraged to attend this and all University events, persons needing such accommodations can contact the Lecture Committee at (319) 335-3255.

The Lecture Committee and UI Crisis Center are also sponsoring a diaper drive at the event. Those who attend are also asked to bring a package of disposable diapers that will later be distributed to low-income families.

MEDIA ADVISORY: A press conference with Feinberg will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Michigan State Room in the IMU.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,