“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare reminds us in The Tempest. As we now enter a new era of attacks on LGBTQI+ people, as well an ominous rising tide of antisemitism, the time is right to revisit a snapshot of a living part of our history.
Southern Arizona Senior Pride, in collaboration with Congregation M’kor Hayim, presents the award-winning 2002 documentary film Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House.
Sandra Butler, co-producer of the documentary and active Senior Pride volunteer, will discuss the making and meaning of the film directly after the showing.
In-person space is limited, so please register early by clicking the blue button above.
If you are not able to attend the showing, you may still watch and participate in the discussion virtually via Zoom. Please register for the discussion only here and a Zoom link will be sent to you. You do not need to register for both.
These amazing women became advocates for gay rights and ultimately a range of LGBTQI+ causes. Their decades long love story is a relevant example of the personal becoming and remaining political. As activist Jewish lesbians, they were a model and a demand for visibility, insistence and the ongoing need to organize and resist. In 1994, they and others won groundbreaking rights for domestic partners from the New York Board of Education.
Following Connie’s passing in 2018, Ruthie moved from New York to Florida. Following the screening, Sandra Butler will share details from her recent interview with Ruthie about her life with Connie Kurtz in the years after the film was made, and during the past five years since Connie’s death, as well as her reflections on where these intertwined movements are now.