, née Al Bornstein, is a male-to-female transsexual. Her book, Gender Outlaw
, is one of the defining works on the trans experience. In her memoir, Kate describes her time as a high-ranking Scientologist who was eventually ex-communicated from the Church and cut off from her family. In the 70's, when Kate was still Al, he dealt directly with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and served as first mate on his private yacht. Kate Bornstein tells the story in her book, A Queer and Pleasant Danger
. She spoke with Brent earlier this year.