Pioneering trans activist Kate Bornstein rejects the gender binary and favors fluidity with the authority of first hand experience. Born a male in 1948, Albert Bornstein was in 1969 the first person to earn a degree in theater arts from Brown University. Joining Scientology soon thereafter, Bornstein was a highly successful for the church in sales and as a spokesperson (qualities that may have contributed to three quick marriages) before breaking with the cult in 1981. Five years later Bornstein fully transitioned to female and still loved women, becoming active in San Francisco's lesbian community. Bornstein came to the realization that neither male nor female was an adequate identification, prompting popular performance pieces like The Opposite Sex Is Neither and the now classic book, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us. Following that success came the interactive My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely and another honest book in a differently neglected area Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws. In 1998 the NYT balked at Bornstein's use of "transgender movement" in an essay because the paper had never before employed the phrase and, as her editor worried, "if we print it that means there is one." Longterm partners with sex educator and performance artist Barbara Carrellas, Bornstein enjoys a relentless touring schedule: This month's appearances include Ohio, Delaware, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Massachusetts again.