Romeo and Juliet thought they had it rough. Sure, their families hated each other, and Jules' dad was pushing her to marry someone else. But even considering the end-of-play body count, we don't think their story rivals that of Ruthie and Connie. Three words: Jewish lesbian grandmothers. Oy vey, Mary. The two met in 1959 when they were married and raising young children in a Brooklyn apartment complex. In 1974, they left their families for each other, but it took another two years for Ruthie, after a near-fatal illness, to come out. Nearly 30 years later, they're still together, having won over (most) of their family members and also winning domestic partnership benefits for all in New York City. A hit on the film festival circuit and on HBO, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House will be shown at 2 p.m. Wednesday and followed by a discussion during the Safe Zone series at the Galerstein Women's Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. Call 972-883-6555.
Photo courtesy Postmasters Gallery New York
War in wiggly lines and watercolors: Steve Mumford's "Booking a Suspect, CMOC, Samarra, Oct. 10, 2003"