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JEB (Joan E. Biren), untitled (August 23, 1983)


When I was first looking for Jewish lesbians to photograph, in 1980 and 1981, it was difficult to find anyone willing to identify herself publicly in this way. After Nice Jewish Girls was published in 1982, things began to change. But when I saw this woman with a sign saying “Another Jewish Lesbian…” I almost couldn’t believe it. “Another”—as though we are so ordinary, as though Jewish lesbians walk around the streets all the time with big signs announcing who we are. I loved the proud feeling of this woman as she walked with the other people who had come to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the great 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

JEB. 1989. “That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Jewish Lesbian”. in Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology, revised and updated ed, edited by Evelyn Torton Beck, 144–158. Boston: Beacon Press.

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