A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bronstein

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate BornsteinYes, it’s true, the title – A Queer and Pleasant Danger had me hooked before I had even opened the book. But come on, word play like that? you know the whole book is going to be well-written if nothing else. And it’s by Kate Bornstein, the original gender outlaw. And it’s got its fair share of Scientology in it. I may as well stop my review here because this book ticked all my boxes. I loved it.

But that may not be the case for all of you. The subtitle of the book gives a pretty good synopsis: The true story of s nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves 12 years later to become the lovely lady she is today. The book is a great mix of a Scientology take-down, gender re-assignment and thoughts about what gender is anyways. It is funny, troubling, heart-breaking, raunchy and enlightening all at the same time.

Who would like this book? I think a third gender is slowly becoming more acceptable in the world and Kate Bornstein is a pioneer in the practice and theory of this. She is brilliant and eye-opening. But she will also likely shock you. I think that is a good thing. Here’s a little peak at the trailer for the documentary of A Queer and Pleasant Danger.


  1. I am pleased you read and enjoyed this book. I haven’t read it and I’m not sure I would but I have been familiar with Kate Bornstein for years. I find all the attention on “trans”/gender issues lately to be a little disturbing and I say that as someone who transitioned (female to male) 15 years ago when it was not trendy or fashionable, but I imagine Bornstein would offer a sensible voice.

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