Gay and Jewish? You Deserve a Present

Happy Pride Month!

According to queer Jewish comedian Ely Kreimendahl, being gay and Jewish means that you’re double chosen. And, especially in a time when anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is on the rise in the United States and antisemitism is clearly not going anywhere, isn’t that worth celebrating? Below is a curated list of accessories, books, clothes, Judaica and art that say both, “I’m proud of my Jewish queerness” and “I’m gay and Jewish and I deserve a little treat.”

Happy Pride Month, pals! Always remember that no matter who you are, we are all made b’tzelem elohim, in God’s image.


“Oy Vey I’m Gay” Hat (Etsy, $42)

Oy vey! (Not derogatory)

Pride Chai Necklace (Sarah Day Arts, $32)

To bi, lesbian, trans and ace life! Amen!

Schmearly Beloved Golem Enamel Pin (Etsy, $13.18) 

ICYMI, golems are the ultimate queer Jewish symbol.

Malak Necklace (Susan Alexandra, $60)

With its rainbow colors and dozens of evil eye charms, this necklace is the perfect queer Jewish protection charm.


“Who’s Afraid of Gender?” by Judith Butler (Bookshop, $27.90) 

From iconic Jewish thinker Judith Butler, this book, “confronts the attacks on ‘gender’ that have become central to right-wing movements today.” The book description goes on, “An essential intervention into one of the most fraught issues of our moment, ‘Who’s Afraid of Gender?’ is a bold call to refuse the alliance with authoritarian movements and to make a broad coalition with all those whose struggle for equality is linked with fighting injustice.”

“Continuum” by Chella Man (Bookshop, $8.36)

Per Bookshop, “‘What constructs in your life must you unlearn to support inclusivity and respect for all?’ This is a question that artist, actor, and activist Chella Man wrestles with in this powerful and honest essay. A story of coping and resilience, Chella journeys through his experiences as a Deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color, and shows us that identity lies on a continuum — a beautiful, messy, and ever-evolving road of exploration.”

“Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew” by Michael Twitty (Bookshop, $20.45)

The second book from gay, Black and Jewish chef and writer Michael Twitty, “Koshersoul,” “considers the marriage of two of the most distinctive culinary cultures in the world today: the foods and traditions of the African Atlantic and the global Jewish diaspora. To Twitty, the creation of African-Jewish cooking is a conversation of migrations and a dialogue of diasporas offering a rich background for inventive recipes and the people who create them.”

“A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969” by Noam Sienna (Bookshop, $29.99)

Per Bookshop, “Spanning almost two millennia and containing translations from more than a dozen languages, Noam Sienna’s new book, ‘A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969,’ collects for the first time more than a hundred sources on the intersection of Jewish and queer identities.


Daddy’s Little Matzoh Ball T-Shirt (Susan Alexandra, $60)

File this under things that aren’t specifically queer, but feel very queer.

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas T-Shirt (Etsy, $45)

Tops and bottoms? More like fronts and backs!

Claude Cahun T-Shirt (Etsy, $34.72)

Claude Cahun was a transgressive queer Jewish artist who resisted Nazi fascism in Vichy France. So yeah, buy the t-shirt.

Judaica and Art

Beames Designs Wedding Smash Glass (ModernTribe, $42)

Mazel tov!

Faygeleh Screen Print (Etsy, $60)

In Yiddish, the word faygeleh is a reclaimed slur for gay men (though it’s literal translation is “little bird”). This gorgeous screenprint titled “Faygeleh” highlights the intersections of gay, trans and Jewish identity.

Crocheted Pride Kippot (Etsy, $45)

Whether you’re observant or only where kippot in synagogue, everyone should be able to show their true colors in their Jewish identity.

Rainbow Mezuzah (ModernTribe, $75)

If you want a mezuzah that says “Hi, gay,” this one’s for you.

Evelyn Frick

Evelyn Frick (she/they) is a writer and associate editor at Hey Alma. She graduated from Vassar College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. In her spare time, she's a comedian and contributor for Reductress and The Onion.

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