LGBTQ+ kids in fundamentalist societies have secrets to keep from a young age. They feel different when everyone around them is supposed to be the same. They are often shy, insecure, and crave love, and have no one in whom to confide.
For the ladies of Perl, women-only concerts are a chance to rock out.
Leah Lax's extraordinary new memoir is Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home. Lax, who is a lesbian, presents a rare and intimate account of a woman's life among the insular Hasidim, the Jewish ultra-orthodox, where she had an arranged marriage and raised many children.
"It was absolutely devastating," former Hasidic Jew Shulem Deen said.
Back home in Minnesota, the lakes are sparkling, and throngs of people will soon be flying around them on bikes. How do these go together under one God, the horrors of Auschwitz and the comfort of this time and place?