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In Flamboyant Swados takes a look at the claustrophobic society of Orthodox Jews and how it relates to the GLBT community. Chana Landau is a devoutly religious Orthodox Jew who is sent to teach at the Harvey Milk School for GLBT students in downtown Manhattan. She is naïve and enters a world where the values are the opposite of what she believes. Her religion teaches that homosexuality is an abomination but she finds herself totally engaged by her students. She is particularly drawn to a student who goes by the name of Flamboyant who is very gifted while being sexually ambiguous and is a 15 year old prostitute who claims to have Jewish heritage. As the novel progresses there is the clash between two different worlds–of religion and of the street.