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Rabbi Ellen Lippmann last year reminded me, “There are many ways the seder and its story have provided grounding for the flowering of Jewish engagement in social justice efforts. Over and over the Torah reminds us of how we must behave toward others because we were once slaves and “know the feelings of the stranger.” No matter our religious background, or departure from it, we can all work toward making a better and more just world.
Here’s a source of extraordinary divine and artistic inspiration for me (Shelly Weiss, Founder of OUTmedia) since March 2001! Do read these Jewish musings from Irwin Keller, someone you might know as Winnie Kinsey Sicks, but is also the lay rabbi and armchair parshan at Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati, CA.
Most of Team Kit is on the road. Lucky foodies, Erin and Kit! Kit and Erin are eating their way through so many friend’s houses and places that a few pictures could not begin to describe it, So here’s a little montage inspired by Kit’s days with Good Asian Drivers to show you the epic adventure. MORE
At the time of this terrible bloodshed, here’s to enlivened seders that join together vibrant connections between Jews and non-Jews around the world. As we look to celebrate freedom from oppression in the past, let’s join to recognize the fight against racism and hate in our time. And while, we’re at it, may familial peace at your seder table prevail.
Words from the awesomely inspiring Shane Bitney Crone:
I’m truly honored to announce that Bridegroom Moviereceived the GLAAD award for best documentary last night.
In addition to this amazing recognition and the humbling standing ovation we received, we had the privilege of being presented the award by the beautiful, inspiring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
I will always be grateful to everyone who made this documentary possible and who helped spread its message of love and hope. I received so much support in that room last night, especially from my mom, who attended the celebration with me. It will be an evening that I never forget.
The Kinsey Sicks speak at the San Francisco Public Library as they honored with a 20 year retrospective exhibit! Gigunda congrats to these amazing scarily brilliant and talented girlz that OUTmedia has been thrilled to represents since 2001! We are truly queer cultural fam!!
I had the privilege of meeting Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill a few weeks ago at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles. The Vice President’s speech was so eloquent and inspiring. I thanked him for his support of LGBT rights and he said, “I meant what I said out there. It’s because of people like you that we’ve come so far, so no need to thank me—I thank you!” It was a moment that I’ll never forget and it made me feel grateful for all of the people, LGBT heroes and straight allies alike, who have fought for equality.- Shane Bitney Crone. MORE
The Kinsey Sicks’ feministic anthem “Girls Like” at the close of Women’s History Month!The Kinsey Sicks have shown once again why they are America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet with the release of a music video of their new, original song, ”Girls Like.” Combining catchy music and a sincere yet uncompromising upending of gender stereotypes, this song is their love letter to the strong, smart, kooky, brilliant, ridiculous, hilarious women in our lives. The ones who tire of being told what they should like and be like.
If you ever longed for a drag act that was in no way misogynistic, you’ve found it in the Kinseys. What better place is there for sex-positive feminists to make alliances with men? Dig how the Kinseys celebrate all women, and cut across messages that hurt and keep us gender confined.
It’s often a challenge for independently published poets, not to mention openly gay writers of color, to reach our communities without much, if any, marketing or publicity budgets. Special thanks to The San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation and Rebel Satori Press for collaborating to create these posters/handout flyers targeting LGBT and Latino bookstores (the few, the proud) throughout the country
Visit his new website, and contact OUTmedia to bring him to your college, organization or venue!