1. How might Esther's experience connect to our experiences as LGBTQ individuals?
2. As LGBTQ people or as Jews, do you see anything in Esther's actions here that remind you of your own life?
3. Does Esther's experience "coming out" as Jewish connect with or resonate with your experiences as a queer Jew? Do you ever have to "come out" as Jewish, and not just as queer?
4. To what extent can we see Esther as a role model for ourselves as queer people?
5. First thoughts on this verse?
6. What reasons might the Torah have for including this commandment?
7. What here, if anything, is surprising?
8. Do Rashi's commentaries help you feel more comfortable with the verse from the Torah? Do they make you less comfortable?
9. First impressions?
10. What do people think about this text "giving permission" to people to crossdress on Purim? Is this text empowering? Limiting?
11. What do these texts say about Judaism's treatment of transgender issues? What makes us uncomfortable? What can we take away from these texts?
12. What do these texts say about Purim? Is Purim a queer holiday?