On Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Dalton 300, celebrated author Lesléa Newman will present an exploration of butch and femme identities and gender issues titled "Girls Will Be Boys." The program, presented by the Office of Intercultural Affairs, will include a reading and a discussion; it is free and open to the public. The following day, Newman will join a panel discussion on religion, gender and sexuality as part of Religion on Campus week.
Newman is the author of over 50 books including The Femme Mystique, and The Little Butch Book. She is best known for Heather Has Two Mommies, a children's book that broke new ground with its positive portrayal of a lesbian family. She has since published several more children's books on lesbian and gay families.
She is also the author of many books for adults that deal with lesbian identity, Jewish identity and the intersection and collision between the two. Other topics Ms. Newman explores include AIDS, eating disorders, butch/femme relationships and sexual abuse. Her award-winning short story, A Letter to Harvey Milk, has been made into a film and adapted for the stage.
She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and two Pushcart Prize Nominations. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists.
Posted 3/20/2008 by Claudia Ginanni