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Arts/Culture

Preserving Leslie Feinberg's Buffalo

Billboard for tonight's lecture features an image of author Leslie Feinberg.
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Thursday's lecture will focus on Buffalo locations found in Leslie Feinberg's "Stone Butch Blues."

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is hosting a virtual lecture Thursday, "Leslie Feinberg's Buffalo: Historic Sites in Stone Butch Blues."

"Leslie Feinberg was an internationally-known transgender writer, activist, labor organizer and working class intellectual who was raised here in Buffalo," said Christiana Limniatis, director of Preservation Services.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the lecture will be presented by historian Dr. Jeffrey Ioavannone.

"Obviously 'Stone Butch Blues' is a piece of fiction, but a piece of fiction about a working-class, gender non-conforming individual as they come of age in the bars and factories of Buffalo," Limniatis said.

Released in 1993, "Stone Bitch Blues" was the first novel from Feinberg, who died in 2014.

"Preservation isn't just about looking at these buildings individually and saving them for the sake of saving them on their own," Limniatis explained.

"It's about identifying and making those connections between our historic build environment and how we in society use and interact with those. So, this is a perfect opportunity to do that."