Orthodox Drag Queens Proudly Jew It Up

Orthodox Drag Queens Proudly Jew It Up

Doing drag while staying frum is a growing phenomenon in NYC's LGBTQ scene.

Amy Sara Clark writes about politics and education. A Columbia Journalism School graduate, she's worked at CBS News, The Journal News, The Jersey Journal, Mom365, JTA and Prospect Heights Patch. She comes to journalism from academia where she earned a master's degree in European History with a focus on Vichy France.

Jewish drag is on the rise as more and more observant Jews come out of the cross-dressing closet.

In fact, there’s a burgeoning and proudly Orthodox drag scene, writes Rachel Delia Benaim in The Guardian, where 28-year-old Yudi K, an interior designer performs as Silvia Sparklestein, “a 39-year-old big blond Jewish mama from Queens” who parodies Jewish holidays in songs like “All I want for Christmas is Jew” and excels at Jewish guilt — “think Woody Allen meets Bubbe,” as Benaim puts it.

Silvia Sparklestein hams it up at a Hebro event with an attendee. Richard Burrowes/Hebro

There’s also drag newbie Lady SinAGaGa, who in real life is 22-year-old Moshiel, a day school graduate from Woodmere who spent two years at a Jerusalem yeshiva before becoming a student at the School of Visual Arts and hitting the drag queen stage.

Jayson Littman, who founded Hebro, a community of gay Jews who celebrate both parts of their identities, tells The Guardian that the growth of Jewish drag culture “shows that our community has come so far that not only have we dealt with many of our issues surrounding coming out, but now we can proudly put on a drag performance with Jewish identities to showcase our alternate Jewishly exaggerated personalities.”

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