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  • Mormon Church launches website on gay issues

    By Mark Paredes

    December 9, 2012 | 12:22 am

    I felt a lot like Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky this week: excited about progress in my faith’s relationship with the gay community that may not represent a large doctrinal shift but is nevertheless very significant. Yesterday the LDS Church unveiled a new website, “Love One Another: A...

  • Orthodox Rabbi Steven Greenberg talks to Pasadena shul about homosexuality, welcoming the stranger

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 20, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    When Rabbi Steve Greenberg was a young rabbinical student at an Orthodox Yeshiva near Jerusalem in the mid-1970s, he was attracted to a fellow (male) student. He wanted to talk about his feelings of homosexual desire to a respected old rabbi — but was afraid to. So Greenberg fudged...

  • Pro-gay marriage leader apologizes for ‘Nazi’ comments

    October 31, 2012 | 11:43 am

    A religious outreach official for a campaign seeking marriage equality for gays in Minnesota apologized for likening opponents' tactics to those of the Nazis.

    “It was a terrible mistake to even mention Nazism in an attempt to illustrate my point, and I fully understand why many...

  • Faith, not just gayness, informs filmmaker’s works

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 5, 2012 | 10:59 am

    This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal,...

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  • Episcopal Church approves liturgy for same-sex unions

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 9:14 am

    The Episcopal Church—the U.S. branch of the old Church of England—yesterday approved a liturgy for its clergy to use during same-sex unions. Episcopalians are the largest U.S. denomination to do so.

    Reuters reports:

    Delegates to its triennial convention voted 171-50 to approve the...

  • Israeli Gay Pride

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 14, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    June 28th, 1969. Greenwich Village, NYC. It started like any other night back then- a police raid on a gay bar. The Stonewall Inn was the daily victim. Only that night, unlike any other night before, was about to mark Gay pride for decades to come.  This was the first time the LGBT...

  • Fred Karger in Utah: Anti-Mormon meets homophobe

    By Mark Paredes

    June 13, 2012 | 11:50 pm

    Not many people were aware before today that one of the country’s leading anti-Mormons has been running for the Republican presidential nomination. Fred Karger, whose signal electoral exploit so far is having beaten Ron Paul in Puerto Rico, was the brains behind the “Californians...

  • Federal appeals court invalidates DOMA

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 31, 2012 | 10:49 am

    In related news, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution. The decision comes on the heels of two district court judges holding likewise.

    The SCOTUSblog recaps:

    Thursday’s ruling by the...

  • Can millions of dollars power a new kind of community?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 30, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    In a not-so-quiet corner of Café Stella at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, Jill Soloway and Ayana Morse look around and see a model for Jewish connection. The café, wedged into an outdoor shopping/dining complex at the bottom of a steep hill, feels at once makeshift and homey —...

  • Y-Love, black Jewish rapper, comes out as gay

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 15, 2012 | 4:44 pm

    Yitz Jordan’s identity as a black Orthodox Jewish rapper was already a bit complicated. Jordan, known as Y-Love has struggled with his public image for years—and today in an interview published by Out magazine Y-Love revealed that he is gay.

    An excerpt:

    “I’ve never been...

  • Jewish groups, Orthodox excepted, laud Obama on gay marriage

    May 10, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was “disappointed.”

    “History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America,” the Reform...

  • Thankful For Obama’s Gay [R]Evolution

    By Tera Greene

    May 10, 2012 | 12:37 am

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    THE NEWS HAS BROKEN:

    Obama thinks LGBTQ people should have marriage rights.

    Who knew?  I didn’t!

    No seriously, I had no idea. 

    I’ve always actually thought that my vote in 2008 had more to do with me supporting a...

  • Biden: ‘Absolutely comfortable’ with gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    On “Meet the Press” this morning, Vice President Joe Biden said that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage, via TheBostonChannel.com.

    “I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it is a simple proposition:...

  • Going to the chapel…or something like that

    By Naomi Goldberg

    April 19, 2012 | 8:43 pm

    In two weeks, I’m getting married. Well, that’s what we’re calling it.  Technically, my girlfriend of nearly five years and I are entering a civil union. But, what’s the verb that goes along with that?  We’re civil unioning?  Civil unionizing? 

    Here in Illinois, we can get...

  • I’m Coming Out of the Closet!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 19, 2012 | 6:58 pm

    Last night I spoke on a campus interfaith leader panel about the subject of LGBT and religion. One of the questions we were asked was, “When did you come out of the closet or when did you come out as an ally?” As the only heterosexual panelist, I announced: “I’m coming out...

  • Out, Proud and Together

    April 4, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Children being raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families are likely to face some pretty awkward questions from their peers: How come you have two mommies? How were you born if you have only dads? Who lights the candles at your house?

    Rabbi Lisa Edwards of...

  • Seattle panel nixes meeting with Israeli gays over ‘pinkwashing’

    March 20, 2012 | 10:59 am

    A Seattle commission that represents the gay community canceled a meeting with gay Israeli leaders over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

    The Seattle LBGT Commission canceled the March 16 City Hall reception the night before after pressure from some members of the gay...

  • Asking Too Much

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 16, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    Last Friday we had an op/ed in the Times about Senate Bill 182 that mandates that California’s Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”)  survey every judge and justice in California and all judicial applicants as to their gender, their gender identity and their sexual...

  • Israel Makes Me a Proud Angelena (3-Part Series)

    By Tera Greene

    March 12, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    I often struggle with loving or disliking Los Angeles; however, this past week I felt so proud to be an Angelena.  I’d like to thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and more so, the visiting Israelis whom I engaged with, for helping me to feel this pride that often I...

  • Where were we 10 years ago?

    By Naomi Goldberg

    March 9, 2012 | 9:48 am

    In one week, Keshet, an organization working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life, will host its annual Keshet Cabaret – a chance to come together, dress up, and celebrate leaders in the LGBT Jewish community. This year’s honorees including Idit Klein, Keshet’s...

  • The Methodist rift over gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 19, 2012 | 8:28 pm

    The United Methodist Church is a hold out among mainline Protestant churches, the big denomination that has not changed the church’s stance on same-sex marriages or ordaining gay clergy. Homosexuality has been an increasingly divisive issue for churches, and has led to a lot of...

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