New LGBT-friendly Jewish children’s book

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A new Jewish children’s book has been published and is receiving praise for its inclusion of LGBT themes. The book, The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner and illustrated by Mike Byrne was released this month focusing on a boy who wants to dress up as an alien for Purim.

“Nate loves aliens and he really wants to wear an alien costume for Purim, but his friends are all dressing as superheroes and he wants to fit in. What will he do? With the help of his two dads he makes a surprising decision,” reads the Amazon.com details of the content.

The two dads aspect of the book has seen praise among Jewish LGBT people, who say it is a step in the right direction to bring LGBT themes to children across the country.

“How cool is this! There are gay men featured in this book but the fact that they are gay is not an issue! Queerness is not the conflict,” writes Jewish lesbian Vanessa in autostraddle.com commenting on the LGBT related material in the book.

“Nope, nothing to see here, just two gay Jewish dads running a perfectly normal and awesome household with well adjusted cute kids who celebrate Purim every year. So casual,” she adds in her posting on the newest addition to children’s LGBT material.

With the United States currently pushing forward on greater inclusion and equality for LGBT people, the book aimed at young children should be another boost for literature on the subject aimed at teaching young people that being gay or lesbian is part of American culture and society.

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