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  • The true value of Birthright Israel

    October 7, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Sitting in a circle in coastal northern Israel, listening to a group of 46 American and Israeli Jews share their coming-out stories — stories of anxiety and relief, shame and pride, heartbreak and celebration — I realized that this trip was going to be different. 

    It was my...

  • LGBTQ community in Jerusalem marches on, despite controversy

    September 29, 2014 | 10:11 am

    After being rescheduled twice because of this summer’s conflict, the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade occurred last Thursday evening. Unlike Tel Aviv’s Pride parade, the “holy city” of Jerusalem’s parade resembles “more of a serious political march than a festival-like celebration.” 

    ...
  • #WorldPride Toronto 2014!

    By Tera Greene

    June 24, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    World Pride 2014 June 20-29 Toronto

     

    Super Excited to be heading to World Pride 2014.
    Going to be my first time in Toronto.
    Gunna bring some business cards.
    Gunna Dance and Celebrate with the World!
    #WorldPride #RiseUp

    For more info, check out http://www.worldpridetoronto.com/



    Woohoo! World Pride
    WOOHOO!

     

  • Jewish boat making waves ahead of Amsterdam gay parade

    May 8, 2014 | 9:15 am

    Its maiden voyage is months away and will only take a couple of hours, but the first Jewish boat of Amsterdam’s annual gay parade-on-the-canals is already making international waves.

    On Monday, the Jewish boat got the thumbs up from the British actor Stephen Fry, who described it...

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  • Biden’s message carries Jewish echoes

    April 2, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    As of this year, marriage equality is the law in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Last summer, the Supreme Court struck down California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, and federal district courts have followed suit, invalidating other laws mandating...

  • Battle over Purim children’s book with two dads

    March 7, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    The line between respecting diverse religious beliefs and violating the rights and dignity of gays and lesbians is at the center of a debate between gay advocates and the PJ Library over a children’s picture book featuring a family with two fathers.

    “The Purim Superhero,” by...

  • Finding LGBT pride in Chanukah

    By Ryan Torok

    November 26, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    Fifteen years ago, Stephen Sass and his husband, Steven Hochstadt, consecrated their commitment to each other during a religious marriage ceremony that took place during Chanukah. The timing was intentional.

    “Chanukah has always resonated deeply for me as a Jew and as a gay man,...

  • Pride Shabbat Provides Water for the Thirsty

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 3, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Last weekend was the hottest weekend we’ve had so far this year. It was hotter than normal for this time of the year. And our synagogue has no air conditioning.

    There was both a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvah ceremony in the sanctuary on Saturday morning. It was crowded. We opened...

  • West Coast Zion

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 2013 | 11:11 am

    Just before I sat down to talk about the future of L.A. Jews, I took a quick tour of L.A.’s Jewish past.

    “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic,” the new exhibition at the Autry National Center, begins with the Gold Rush-era influx of Jewish merchants to what was then an iffy, isolated...

  • Homophobic Redemption in Pro Sports

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 21, 2013 | 10:23 am

    By M. Alexander

    Upon the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2008, many claimed that this was the final indicator that our nation had moved beyond Plessy, Jim Crow, and Ole Miss—that we finally live in a post-racist nation.  Unfortunately, this is not...

  • 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...

  • Viva Chick-fil-A!

    By Mark Paredes

    August 2, 2012 | 12:04 am

    As part of my personal campaign to oppose bigoted boycotts, I will be having lunch tomorrow at the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood. I couldn’t get there for today’s official “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day” declared by Mike Huckabee, but I suppose late is better than never when it’s...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Seventh-day Adventists celebrate 9th Circuit ruling on Prop. 8

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 8, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Look at all those numbers in the headline. Better yet, look at my classmate and the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, Julius Nam, featured in this Patch article about why Seventh-day Adventists opposed Proposition 8 and are celebrating the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’s...

  • New Presbyterian denomination launches in response to PCUSA dropping gay clergy ban

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 21, 2012 | 11:41 pm

    There has long been a divide within the Presbyterian Church USA regarding attitudes toward homosexuality, a divide that widened last summer after the PCUSA ended its ban on ordaining gay ministers.

    This week, Presbyterians opposed to gay ordination launched a new denomination called...

  • From shul to the mikvah, transgender Jews seek place in Jewish life

    June 14, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Noach Dzmura has a master’s degree in Jewish studies, publishes widely on Jewish topics and is the communications director at his synagogue. In 2006, he received an award from the San Francisco Jewish Federation that funded a year’s study in Israel.

    He also was born a female.

    ...
  • Bullying of LGBTQ teens discussed at NCJW event

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    During a panel discussion at the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Los Angeles office in April, education experts highlighted the pervasiveness of bullying in schools, saying a disproportionate number of gay and lesbian students are victims.

    As a result, gay and lesbian...

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