Lesbian rights pioneer and feminist activist Del Martin passed away yesterday. She was 87. Martin wed her partner of over 50 years, Phyllis Lyon, last month after same-sex marriages were legalized in California. They were the first same-sex couple married in San Francisco. Martin and Lyon founded the Daughters of Bilitis, an early lesbian activist [...]
(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition [...]
for poetry month (why april, by the way? ‘the cruelest month’? ‘with his shoures soote’? please.), here’s the text of a talk by irena klepfisz – a fantastic poet in yiddish, english, and both at once, as well as an insightful essayist and deeply committed radical – from a 2006 conference at barnard college called “Jewish Women Changing America: Cross-Generational Conversations”. at the bottom is a poem from one of klepfisz’s books. a complete transcript of the “Changing Culture” panel that klepfisz spoke on (and the rest of the conference) is available online here.
I promise, soon, the link drops will end, but I wanted to post this as a follow up to Hagay HaCohen’s lead about ASWAT’s conference and the threats organizers had received. HAIFA, Israel – Arab lesbians quietly defied Islamist protesters and a social taboo to gather at a rare public event Wednesday in a northern [...]