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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Making Noise for Social Change

Making Noise for Social Change

Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1–6:1)

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Torah Queeries

Elliot Kukla

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the Parashat Shemot of Exodus, which recounts Israelites' crying out for liberation from the inhumane oppression of the Egyptian slave masters. This account shows that the first step to be free from oppression is to cry out in protest. The story of leaving Egypt begins with the lifting of diverse voices and the persistent claim to be seen and “known” by name in the fullest sense of the word. In relation to this, the LGBT movements include moments of uncontainable crying out of dissimilar voices. One particular account was that of the LGBT liberation movement in 1969, who called for “street gay people from the Village out front—homeless people who lived in the park in Sheridan Square outside the bar” to come together and cry out for change.

Keywords:   Parashat Shemot, Exodus, LGBT liberation, street gay people, Sheridan Square

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