The "Fun Home" World of Alison Bechdel
Mayim Bialik from GrokNation
I’m not a voracious consumer of graphic novels, but I’ve been reading one that has seized me in its graphic style and its impossibly tragicomic and beautiful writing. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, was published in 2006 to rave reviews and depicted her childhood growing up and coming of age in Pennsylvania in a house full of secrets and treasures; Alison – in the graphic novel and in real life – comes out as a lesbian while at college, realizing in the process that her perfectionist, antiques-obsessed father was also gay and closeted.
In 2013, Fun Home became a musical, winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the score by Jeanine Tesoro and book/lyrics by Lisa Kron won a Tony and made history, as the first all-woman team to win for Best Score. (“Fun Home” recently opened in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theater, where I saw it last week.)
Ex-IDF officers fight to keep Israel’s military friendly to women, gays
BY ANDREW TOBIN for The Times of Israel
Pride in Blue and White launches campaign to raise funds for army prep courses, mentoring programs for female, LGBT youth
Shahaf Ben-Yakov always found it maddening when her ability as a combat soldier was questioned just because of her gender.
Nonetheless, she dismissed as nonsense the notion that army service “has driven our girls crazy” — as a rabbi who runs a pre-military academy in the Eli settlement claimed in a speech broadcast on Israeli television Tuesday night, hours ahead of International Women’s Day.
Lesbian Couple Are Both Pregnant with Boys–At the Same Time
BY JOANNA C. VALENTE for Kveller
Usually, when you find out a couple is expecting, you assume it’s just one of the people in the relationship, not both. Well, Toby Fleischman and Lindsay Lanciault defied expectations, including their own, when they announced they are both pregnant.
The couple shared their news on Instagram, announcing that they are both expecting boys. What made the announcement even more adorable is the fact that their dog, Liz Lemon, also had a “Big Sister” sign around her neck. The caption on the photo confirms it:
When Life Really Was a Cabaret—and Cabaret Was a Life
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine
An evening of Jewishly inflected, queer songs brings Weimar Germany back to life with humor and music
I felt a little daring as I went out alone last weekend—in a leopard-print dress and red lipstick—to a dimly lit boîte to experience Lavender Songs: A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret. Sans spouse or spawn, I sat solo at my own little table in the back of the room and ordered a gin and tonic. It was served to me in a wine glass; the show had sold out and the club had run out of tumblers. “Classy, no?” the handsome waiter said with a dimpled smile as he set my drink down. It felt right.
UK Jewish heterosexual couple seeks same legal rights as LGBTs
BY JENNI FRAZER for The Times of Israel
Civil partnership has been possible for gay spouses in Britain since 2004, and marriage since 2013 — but mixed-sex pairs may only wed. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld are pushing for change
Seven years ago, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld met at a lecture at the London School of Economics.
“Actually, it was about Gaza,” they smile.
Today, the two are making English legal history as they seek to change the law on civil partnership. They argue that the Civil Partnership Act of 2004 is discriminatory because only same-sex couples are eligible, and they want the law to be extended to heterosexual couples, too.