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This Hot Yiddish Play Featured Broadway’s First Lesbian Kiss

By On March 20, 2017

When God of Vengeance first premiered in English on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast was brought to court on charges of indecency for featuring a lesbian kiss—a Broadway first. The prolific… Read More

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See Stunning Portraits of the Queer Women of Weimar Germany

By On January 3, 2017

In Weimar Berlin, the stars seemed to align for German Jewish photographer Marianne Breslauer. Born into a family of art lovers, Breslauer was encouraged to pursue photography. She had been a pupil at… Read More

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Israel’s Biggest Drag Queen Was Once a Good Yeshiva Boy

By On December 1, 2016

It’s been about 15 years since Israeli Lior Yisraelov first tried on a dress at a Purim party during his last year at an Orthodox yeshiva high school. Since then, he has… Read More

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London’s ‘Buttmitzvah’ Gives Us Something to Smile About

By On November 15, 2016

Whether or not you memorized your haftarah portion, you are cordially invited to raise a glass and dance a raucous horah at London’s first ever queer Jewish club night. The venue, lauded… Read More

A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again
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A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again

By On August 9, 2016

During rehearsal for the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar Maoz gets a shoulder massage from the man behind him while giving one to the man in front of him. Their voices sound… Read More

On Being Gay & Arab in Tel Aviv
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Gay & Arab in Tel Aviv

By On June 3, 2015

“Gay Israelis say, ‘You don’t feel accepted here? See how other Arab countries treat you,’” says Khader, one of the subjects of Oriented, a new documentary by Jake Witzenfeld. “But here I… Read More

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The 19th-Century Lesbian Writer Who Met a Tragic End

By On December 17, 2014

The challenges and rewards facing the female entrepreneur, the depiction of same-sex love, and a critique of the materialist values of affluent Jewish society—these contemporary themes got an early, gripping treatment long… Read More

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The Dyke and the Dybbuk

By On March 31, 2014

It’s not easy being a dybbuk. Jewish tradition holds that dybbuks are demons who drive people crazy, but what happens when the Head Office assigns a dybbuk to haunt someone who’s already pretty nuts? In… Read More

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The 1930s Lesbian Boarding School Flick Banned by the Nazis

By On March 27, 2014

Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school story? Answer: Nazis. Believe it or not, the first widely-released film featuring a lesbian plot came out in Germany just as Hitler was rising… Read More

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A 1980s Gay Boy and his Jewish Bubbes

By On November 12, 2013

In Alvin Orloff’s novel Gutterboys—written in 2004, but set in the punk fever of the early 1980s—Jeremy Rabinowitz is a shy 19-year-old Jewish kid desperate to fit in with the gay Manhattan avant-garde….or to just… Read More

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The Jewish Women Who Inspired the Defeat of DOMA

By On June 28, 2013

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… Read More

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Let My People Go

By On January 24, 2013

There’s a place where romantic fairy tale meets French bedroom farce, and where campy inside jokes about gay and Jewish stereotypes collide. This is the place where Mikael Buch’s new film Let My People Go! sits… Read More