A queer femme/transfeminine interfaith feminist celeGAYtion
It was important to both of us to represent both of our faith traditions, and to incorporate our vibrant, polyamorous, queer, trans communities as much as possible. We had a huge wedding party (14 people!) because there are so many people who are incredibly dear to us…
My partner is a bearded, genderqueer, transfeminine person, and it was really important to us to be visible and proud about our relationship because so many people think that people like us can't (or don't deserve) to find love and happiness. Caleb rocked a gorgeous wine-colored wedding dress, while I went with a more traditional white gown, and we did our damndest to show the world that love like this will not be hidden.
The Nazi Trifecta
Kenny Fries for Jewish Book Council
At a dinner party soon after I moved to Berlin, a German guest recounted the story of his struggle to restore the bomb-battered grave of his grandfather at the Jewish Cemetery in Weissensee. He regaled the dinner guests, telling us about his phone call to the cemetery administrator, who told him the requirement that all new gravestones are required to quote scripture.
“But my father wasn’t a believer,” he complained to the administrator. “He wouldn’t have wanted scripture, Jewish or otherwise, on his tombstone. He was a Communist.”
“Make up your mind,” demanded the administrator. “Was your grandfather a Jew or a Communist?”
The Terrific ‘Beach Rats’ Isn’t Your Typical Gay Coming of Age Movie
By: Nico Lang for intomore.com
The new film by Eliza Hittman is a complicated coming-of-age story that challenges how we think about queer films today.
Great movies often feel as though they are in conversation with other movies. Beach Rats, the second feature film from Eliza Hittman, is not quite a great movie, but it aspires to be one.
A tone poem about a young man struggling with his attraction to other men, Beach Rats recalls Saturday Night Fever, another film about frustrated masculinity set in blue-collar Brooklyn. Frankie, played by the electric Harris Dickinson, is a spiritual successor to Tony Manero. Both characters struggle to find themselves in an environment that doesn’t appear to have many options for the men they want to be. Beach Rats is the rare movie to feel like a descendant of both Kenneth Anger and Harmony Korine. Anger festishizes masculinity, whereas Korine explores the consequences when manhood isn’t fully realized.
Birthright Trip for LGBTQ
From Sachlav Israel on the House
Want to experience all that Israel has to offer, in a safe, comfortable, and empowering environment, with other LGBTQ identifying people? Join like-minded people this season for the complete Birthright Israel trip experience, along with additional Israeli LGBTQ oriented activities. Led by members of the LGBTQ community, the trip covers all the same sites and activities as our flagship “Israel Explore” itinerary, while introducing you to the Israeli LGBTQ community, and their experiences. It’s ultimate introduction to Israel, with maximum exposure to the best that Israel, and its human landscape, have to offer. You will taste the culture, embrace the adventure, discover more of your Jewish heritage, and meet with organizations at the forefront of the LGBTQ community in Israel.
Places very limited – sign up now to avoid disappointment!
Please Note: This trip is run for groups ages 20 to 26
Rachels Weisz and McAdams as Queer Orthodox Jews
By Gabriela Geselowitz for Jewcy
Get on board the hype train for ‘Disobedience.’
Get ready; soon, you’re going to be hearing a lot about Disobedience, a new movie starring two Rachels: Weisz, and McAdams.
Disobedience is about an off-the-Derekh daughter of a prominent London rabbi (played by Weisz, who is also a producer) who returns home after her father’s death. There, she encounters two childhood friends, one of whom is now the rabbi’s presumed successor (Alessandro Nivola), and the other of whom (played by McAdams) is his wife. But the two women have a shared history; they were caught kissing once as teenagers. Is it only a matter of time before these two women give in to renewed passion and rekindle their youthful affair? Spoiler: Yes, and apparently it’s super sexy.