Maxine Feldman

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Maxine Feldman
Date of birth December 26, 1945
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York
Date of death August 17, 2007
Place of death Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nationality American
Pronouns she/her, he/him, or s/he[1]
Gender identity "transgender butch lesbian"[2]
Occupation musician, comedian
Known for "Angry Atthis"

Maxine "Max" Adele Feldman (December 26, 1945 – August 17, 2007) was an American folk singer-songwriter, comedian[3][4][5] and pioneer of women's music. Feldman's song "Angry Atthis", first performed in May 1969 and first recorded in 1972,[6][7] is considered the first openly distributed out lesbian song[8] of what would become the women's music movement.[9][10] Feldman identified as a "big loud Jewish butch lesbian."[11][12]

In later years, according to partner Helen Thornton, Feldman held a gender identity that was "both/and" rather than "either/or."[2] Feldman had been comfortable with being labeled either "man" or "woman", and wore men's clothing on stage.[12]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Maxine Feldman, 1945 - 2007". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kiritsy, Laura (August 30, 2007). "Lesbian trail blazer Maxine Feldman dies". Edge Providence.
  3. Zimmerman, Bonnie, ed. (August 21, 2013). Encyclopedia of Lesbian Histories and Cultures. Routledge. p. 185.
  4. Keetley, Dawn (February 22, 2005). Public Women, Public Words: A Documentary History of American Feminism, Volume 2. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 326.
  5. Mankiller, Wilma P.; Mink, Gwendolyn; Navarro, Marysa; Smith, Barbara; Steinem, Gloria, eds. (1999). The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 340.
  6. Johnson, Gail; Keith, Michael C (December 18, 2014). Queer Airwaves: The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting: The Story of Gay and Lesbian Broadcasting. Routledge.
  7. Warner, Sara (October 26, 2012). Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure. University of Michigan Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0472035670.
  8. Haggerty, George; Zimmerman, Bonnie, eds. (September 2, 2003). "Music, women's". Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures. Taylor & Francis. p. 522.
  9. Vaid, Urvashi (November 18, 1995). Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
  10. Morris, Bonnie J. (July 29, 2016). The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture. SUNY Press. p. 27.
  11. Anderson, Jamie (2008). "Maxine Feldman Folk Musician, Lesbian Activist 1945 – 2007". Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine. Jewish Women's Archive.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sullivan, Denise (2011). Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-hop. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 9781556528170.
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