fbpx
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Gay, Jewish and Imaginative – Maurice Sendak

Print This Article

Follow Tera* (@djnovajade) on Twitter by clicking ” title=”2wice Blessed Project” target=”_blank”>2wice Blessed Project.

Look, I wasn’t even Jewish, nor born, in 1963 when “Where the Wild Things Are” came out.  It would be another 20 years after its roll out until I was born, another 5 years after that, at least, until I got my first copy of the book and another 47 years after publication for me to become Jewish “officially”.

…and yet, this morning as I rolled over to check my BlackBerry, I, too, was punched in the heart a little to hear that Maurice Sendak had passed.

Seven hours later, I finally am getting a moment to reflect. I stumbled upon the Colbert interview with Sendak a few years back, wherein Sendak proudly clarifies that he is a gay man. 

Which means that it took just shy of 50 years since “Where the Wild Things Are” for me to also know that he was a gay man.

Maybe I knew and just overlooked it.  Maybe it really was my first time hearing it a few moments ago.  But, to know that an author whom I enjoyed for his innovation and outward directness was also a homosexual propels me to strive further to be a visible Queer Jewish person.

Because regardless if I am out or not – which I am -, children evidently will always have LGBTQ Jewish role models, whether or not they realize it themselves almost fifty years after one of their favorite picture books is launched into circulation…

Check out my message to anyone out there who may need an extra boost of support in being who they are:

” title=”Twitter – @djnovajade” target=”_blank”>@djnovajade.

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Editor's Picks

Latest Articles

Culture

Latest Articles
Latest

How Jewish Students Are Combatting Anti-Semitism on Campus: A Panel

Five students shared their experiences with on-campus anti-Semitism during a March 2 panel.

CPAC Stage Designer Says They Didn’t Know That Stage Looked Like Nazi Symbol

The company that designed the stage for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida told The Forward that they didn’t know that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.

A Response to Gil Troy: The Successful Conservative Movement

It should be acknowledged as a transitional movement that “conserved” American Judaism for the ultimate resurgence of Orthodoxy.

In the Spirit of Debate: My Response to Pomerantz

Pomerantz and I part ways in two critical junctures.

Comedy Central Founder Art Bell Releases New Book, “Constant Comedy”

It all started in 1989, when HBO launched The Comedy Channel.

Hollywood

Podcasts

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

x