Jews, Blacks, and Lesbian Teens in the 1940s: Jo Sinclair’s "The Changelings" and “The Long Moment,” by Elly Bulkin
An essay by Elly Bulkin about Jo Sinclair, pen name of Ruth Seid (1913-1995), a working-class Jewish lesbian writer. Sinclair's positive portrayals of 1940s lesbians and norm-breaking teen, her fictional explorations of Jewish identity, and her depictions of white racism and interracial relationships were risk-taking and ahead of her time. Seid’s “humanizing artistic vision” was shaped by the radical politics of her youth. First published January 29, 2016.