The Jewish Women Who Inspired the Defeat of DOMA
BY SARAH SELTZER for Jewniverse
By now you probably know all about Edie Windsor, the octogenarian whose lawsuit led to the defeat of DOMA. What you might not know is the life story of her late wife, Thea Spyer, in whose name Windsor fought for marriage equality.
The Big Q&A
Unorthodox in Tablet Magazine
LGBTQ&A podcast host Jeffrey Masters and Anne Edelstein, author of Lifesaving for Beginners, plus Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer’
This week on Unorthodox, Mark calls up Roy Moore’s ‘Jewish lawyer,’ and Stephanie sits down with Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A, which documents stories of the LGBTQ community. We’re also joined by Anne Edelstein, author of the new memoir Lifesaving for Beginners.
‘To Be Us, It’s Political’: Tel Aviv’s Drag Queens
By Jesse Bernstein for Tablet Magazine
A new short follows a first timer as she prepares to take the stage, exploring the unique quirks of the Israeli drag scene
Refinery29 put out an excellent mini-doc about the Tel Aviv drag scene this week, following a young soldier named German as he prepares for his first performance as a queen, named Diamond. German trains under other Israeli queens like Nona Chalant and Asis D’Orange, new to most viewers but obviously stars to German. It’s also an exploration of the larger Israeli drag scene, and how it fits in to Israel’s religious environment.
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G-d Gave Us the Rainbow
By Sacha Lamb for Jewish Book Council
Although these YA titles were recommended for Valentine's Day, they are a great read anytime.
Here's the review of Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert:
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert was one of my favorite new releases last year. Suzette, the protagonist, is dealing with a lot of things: she’s one of the only black girls at her New England boarding school, her brother Lionel is struggling with bipolar disorder, which Suzette doesn’t know how to respond to, and at the same time she’s developed a crush on the same girl Lionel likes! The romantic plot is great, but what really sold this book for me is the portrait of a close, complicated, loving Jewish family.