people should just reply to anon hate with this
damn dude thats brutal
And here we must ask the toughest of questions:
Which one would you disappoint if you absolutely had to disappoint one of them?
I’m pretty sure they’d both be disappointed at more or less the same things, so I don’t think you get to choose: it’s double or nothing.
- Nice Jewish Girls, a lesbian anthology edited by Evelyn Torton Beck
- Twice Blessed, edited by Christie Balka and Andy Rose
- Queer Jews, edited by David Shneer and Caryn Aviv
- Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer, edited by Angela Brown
- Found Tribe, edited by Lawrence Schimel
- Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in the Jewish Community, edited by Noach Dzmura
- Between Sodom and Eden, by Lee Walzer
- God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality, by Jay Michaelson
- Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, by Joy Ladin
- Blood, Marriage, Wine, and Glitter, by S. Bear Bergman
- Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires, edited by Miryam Kabakov
- Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, edited by Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser and David Shneer
- Kulanu (All of Us): A Program & Resource Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Inclusion, by Richard F. Address, Joel L. Kushner, and Geoffrey Mitelman
- Judaism and Homosexuality: An Authentic Orthodox View, by Rabbi Chaim Rapoport
- Queer Theory and the Jewish Question, edited by Daniel Boyarin, Daniel Itzkovitz, and Ann Pellegrini
- Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, by Andrew Ramer
- The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture, by Warren Hoffman
- Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, by Rabbi Steven Greeberg
- Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition, by Rebecca Alpert
This list doesn’t include all the memoirs, all the fiction short story collections. They’re mostly books I’ve read— some of them, like “Like Bread on a Seder Plate” and “Queer Jews” I grew up with, others, like “Torah Queeries” and “Keep Your Wives Away From Them” I read on my own time. They range from Orthodox to Reconstructionist to Reform, and encompass a variety of ways of tangling with Jewish tradition.
If you are curious about LGBTQ people in the Jewish tradition, I urge you read at least one if not more of these.