Recognizing Ourselves: Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment

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5
COMMUNITIES INTERWOVEN

We talked about having it both African and Jewish. We chose our colors, I think we chose our colors first." "Khadija Imani" explained the nine months of effort and planning that went into creating her wedding ceremony to "Shulamith Cohen," held in the suburban backyard of friends. Foremost in their minds was the importance of making clear their understanding of the cultural differences between them and the fact that their union would not disrupt their continuing allegiances to their ethnic communities--Jewish and African- American. "Our colors were black and white," they said. When I asked them if those colors had any particular significance, they both looked at me as though I was a bit slow. "Me and her," they both exclaimed at once, erupting into laughter.

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Feeding each other fruit

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Between Men ∼ Between Women Lesbian and Gay Studies v
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Prologue xv
  • 1 - Equal Rites 1
  • 2 - Heroes in Our Own Dramas 29
  • 3 - Old Symbols, New Traditions 47
  • 4 - This Circle of Family 87
  • 5 - Communities Interwoven 123
  • 6 - The Real Thing 159
  • 7 - Making a Statement 193
  • 8 - Mixed Messages 235
  • Notes 253
  • References 269
  • Index 279
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