Name: Judi Israel
Hometown: Barrington, RI
Occupation: Clay Sculpter
Why I Found Her at The NEM:
Judi’s son Josh is gay, but she told me she would have been at the March whether he was or not. LGBT issues have been on her radar since she was 16. She had a friend who was gay and people made fun of him, and since then she has felt strongly about standing up for the rights of LGBT folks. She told me these issues are important because “Equality is equality. It means everybody.”
She told me that one of her artist friends jokes that “Every woman should have at least one gay friend.” Certainly, Judi has had some important relationships with LGBT folks in her life. Given her eagerness to join her family at the March, it’s clear she cherishes them. Though she isn’t actively involved in PFLAG, she often supports the organization by mentoring young people.
What She’d Change in America:
Judi has serious concerns about AIDS. She feels strongly that not enough has been done in the past and still more needs to be done in the present and future.