Rachel Pollack, an award-winning trans author, tarot expert and comic book writer credited with creating the first mainstream transgender superhero character, has died aged 77.
Pollack was a prolific writer and leading authority on divinatory tarot who published seven novels and four collections of short stories from 1971 onwards, along with more than 20 non-fiction books.
Her wife, Judith Zoe Mateen, shared a post on Facebook on Friday (7 April), confirming the writer’s death after a years-long battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Pollack’s long-time friend, the author Neil Gaiman, took to Twitter to share the sad news with followers, writing: “She was my friend for 38 years and I will miss her. Sending love to Rachel Pollack wherever her journeys take her.”