Jewish trans woman of colour, Israeli pop star, Eurovision song contest winner, queer rights activist Dana International (דנה אינטרנשיונל) slaying your faves [x]
Aaaaand…here’s the Semite of the Day, in honor of Eurovision: Sharon Cohen, known professionally as Dana International.
Born in Tel Aviv, to a Jewish family with Yemeni and Romanian roots, came out as a trans woman at thirteen, and won the 1998 Eurovision.
To those who had opposed her representing Israel at the event, she said afterward:
"My victory proves God is on my side. I want to send my critics a message of forgiveness and say to them: try to accept me and the kind of life I lead. I am what I am and this does not mean I don’t believe in God, and I am part of the Jewish nation.”
Strong, brave, talented, gutsy, and absolutely beautiful.
I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS GIFSET FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE
THIS IS WHY GIFSETS WERE CREATED
I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture.
So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.
Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome.
So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.