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  • Workshop aims to change Orthodox LGBTQ conversation

    1 week ago

    If you type “Orthodox Judaism” into the Google search engine, the first suggestion that comes up is “Orthodox Judaism food” (nothing like Mom’s matzo ball soup!), the second is “Orthodox Judaism rules” (we certainly have a lot of them) and the third is “Orthodox Judaism...

  • Twenty-five thousand march in largest Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem

    July 21, 2016 | 10:34 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Dana Raz and Tenshi Lerner are holding hands – Raz wears a gay pride flag tied around her waist, while Lerner wears hers around her shoulders and a cats ears headband. They kiss frequently and say they started dating about two...

  • Liberal groups condemn religion bill as ‘government-sanctioned discrimination’

    July 13, 2016 | 9:59 am

    Some 22 liberal groups, most of them Jewish, condemned a bill that would protect individuals and nonprofits that oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds from government sanction.

    The First Amendment Defense Act would prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption,...

  • Attacks on LGBT people rarely prosecuted as hate crimes

    June 28, 2016 | 12:21 pm

    Dionte Greene, a 22-year-old black gay male, was looking for a hook-up. He reached out to an 18-year-old stranger on Facebook.

    "I'm not interested in smoking weed with you, Travone," Greene wrote to the teenager, Travone Shaw, in their first exchange. "I just find you attractive...

  • Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker sentenced to life in prison

    June 27, 2016 | 8:51 am

    Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, including a 16-year-old girl fatally, was sentenced to life in prison.

    On Sunday, the Jerusalem District Court also ordered Schlissel to pay compensation to the family of Shira Banki, the teen who was...

  • Summer camps open bunks to transgender Jews

    June 23, 2016 | 1:34 pm

    Bathrooms accessible for transgender children and staff are old news at Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist movement’s summer camp in South Sterling, Pennsylvania. Five years ago the camp posted signs on bathroom doors stating “This bathroom may be used by any person regardless of...

  • JQ helpline responds to Orlando

    By Tess Cutler

    June 22, 2016 | 9:46 am

    “When the first responders arrived at Pulse, they called out: ‘If you’re alive, raise your hand.’ ”

    Such was the scene described by Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or of JQ International, when she took to a podium at Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) in West L.A. during a candlelight vigil June 13,...

  • After Orlando, LGBTQ Jews seek more than ‘solidarity’

    June 21, 2016 | 9:01 am

    In the wake of the Orlando shooting, statements of solidarity with the LGBTQ community quickly tumbled forth. Some expressions of support came from unlikely sources such as the Orthodox Union and the Catholic Church. But what does a statement of solidarity mean in response to a...

  • Sandra Lawson, black lesbian vegan rabbinical student, hopes to redefine where Judaism happens

    June 20, 2016 | 9:53 am

    Sandra Lawson didn’t expect to perform a public benediction at her local pub in this city’s Roxborough neighborhood.

    But when her friend Jay, who was entering firefighter training, asked her for a blessing earlier this year, she stood with him in the middle of the room and put...

  • The hate narrative and Muslims in America

    June 15, 2016 | 3:23 pm

    On the sixth night of Ramadan, June 11, I broke my fast at a synagogue during a Havdalah-Shavuot celebration. Around 10:30 p.m., at almost the same time that Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., I called an Uber to get from the Westwood synagogue to my...

  • Shavuot and Pride Week: A double holiday turns to grief

    June 15, 2016 | 3:13 pm

    Jewish mysticism holds that every year at around midnight on Shavuot, the skies open up, as they did in the Torah story over Mount Sinai, for prayers to ascend to God.

    Not long after the skies were supposed to have opened this year, 49 people were murdered by a terrorist in a gay...

  • After Orlando: Heartbroken, but with resolve

    June 15, 2016 | 3:04 pm

    My heart is broken. I woke up Shavuot morning inspired by a night of study with my Reform colleagues and our communities. I was ready to receive the Torah at our morning service as we stood at Sinai again and then celebrate the continuation of gay pride weekend the same day. 

  • At Beth Chayim Chadashim, remembering the victims of Pulse with prayers and tears

    By Lakshna Mehta

    June 14, 2016 | 2:51 pm

    There were tears. There was solidarity. There was singing. There was hope. There was love.

    More than 100 people gathered at Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) for a vigil held in honor of the victims of the June 12 shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. Police officers stood outside...

  • Out of Iran and out of the closet

    By Gina Nahai

    March 30, 2016 | 10:21 am

    Two gay men, two lesbians, one transgender woman, one mother of a gay son. Six Iranians of varying backgrounds and religious affiliations speaking candidly about who they are and what their life’s journey has entailed. Going on record, being photographed and videotaped, telling...

  • Gay conversion therapy active in Israel

    February 4, 2016 | 2:09 pm

    Conversion therapists who claim they can turn gays to heterosexuals say they have found a haven in Israel.

    An estimated 20 to 30 licensed psychologists and social workers and 50 non-licensed therapists practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel, The Associated Press...

  • Hate at the Creating Change Conference

    January 28, 2016 | 12:10 pm

    After four years of attending the Creating Change Conference, I was shocked and dismayed by the anti-Semitism I experienced at the 2016 conference last month in Chicago. Let me give you some background and then I will tell you what happened to me.

    I was expecting to reconnect...

  • Gay community must build a tent large enough to include pro-Israel voices

    January 25, 2016 | 2:49 pm

    The central prayer of our people, the Shema, is often interpreted as a message of unity and the interconnectedness of all things. This can be a powerful force for bringing people together, for helping us to see the common humanity and the spark of the divine that unites us,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Responses to Dennis Prager’s column on ‘the Torah and the transgendered’

    December 8, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    The following letters are reponses to Dennis Prager's Dec. 4 column, "The Torah and the transgendered."

    Read Dennis Prager's Response

    We are 235 members of the synagogue that Dennis Prager referred to but did not identify: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC).

    When PJTC...

  • Aviva plans for an inclusive future

    By Aron Chilewich

    November 11, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    As of October of this year, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill granting all transgender children in foster care the right to placement consistent with their gender identity, regardless of the sex listed in government records, California’s social service agencies were...

  • Israel’s dance superstar, cultural ambassador

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 24, 2015 | 10:48 am

    Ido Tadmor is probably the closest any Israeli dancer and choreographer has come to achieving rock-star status in his home country. 

    He’s a former dancer with Israel’s Bat-Dor and Batsheva dance companies who earned the 2011 Landau Prize in Israel for lifetime achievement. He was...

  • New Machzor offers progressive take on gender equality, LGBT acceptance

    September 9, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    From the Reader’s Kaddish to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a new set of High Holy Days prayer books for the Reform movement is filled with an eclectic mix of texts. 

    “The purpose of the book is to be open to everybody. So if someone doesn’t connect to a prayer, there are many...

  • Gay pride parade stabber indicted for murder

    August 24, 2015 | 8:41 am

    The haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, leaving a 16-year-old girl dead, was charged with murder.

    Yishai Schlissel, 39, was indicted Monday in Jerusalem District Court on one count of premeditated murder in the death of Shira Banki, six...

  • The Reform movement’s new holiday prayer book is radically inclusive

    August 21, 2015 | 9:28 am

    When some Reform synagogue-goers open up their prayer books this High Holiday season, they will be greeted with snippets of poems by the likes of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. Feminist and LGBTQ-friendly terms and phrases will be subtly incorporated into the prayers, and scattered...

  • A Lesson in Tolerance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 3, 2015 | 10:30 pm

    When it comes to my country, I am usually the first one to brag and show-off. Israel is a High Tech world-leader, with the most startups per capita than any other place in the world. Israel is also a leading country when it comes to women’s rights, and at the forefront of morality...

  • Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

    August 3, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem for a memorial to Shira Banki, the teen who died from injuries suffered in a knife attack at the city’s gay pride parade.

    Friends and supporters of Banki and the LGBTQ community held the tribute on Sunday night in Zion Square. Banki, 16, a high...

  • All that glitters is Ari Gold

    By Jonathan Maseng

    July 16, 2015 | 10:07 am

    Sir Ari Gold isn’t actually a knight, but the popular singer and LGBT rights activist can be seen in shining armor in photos on his website. His bold and scandalous style, outspoken nature, and catchy music blending dance and R&B sensibilities ensures no one could ever mistake him...

  • JNF Canada cancels Huckabee speech amid LGBTQ objections

    June 15, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    The Jewish National Fund of Canada has canceled a scheduled speech by U.S. presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee

    Huckabee, who is vying for the Republican bid in 2016, had his Oct. 15 speaking engagement in Ottawa canceled on June 10 following objections from the Canadian LGBTQ...

  • Tel-Aviv Celebrates - Pride Parade 2015!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 15, 2015 | 8:17 am

    Tel-Aviv's 17th Pride Parade, one of the most talked about LGBTQ events worldwide drew approximately 160,000 people from all around the world. The grand festival, which opened Israel's Pride Month, took place this Friday, all across the city with parties and colorful gatherings....

  • Thousands celebrate gay pride in Tel Aviv

    June 12, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    Tens of thousands of people participated in Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade, whose theme this year was the transgender community.

    Friday’s parade, Tel Aviv’s 17th, featured an appearance by Conchita, the transgender Austrian performer who last year won the Eurovision song...

  • JQ International opens its WeHo doors

    By Tess Cutler

    May 21, 2015 | 11:29 am

    It was 9 p.m. on a Thursday and Asher Gellis, founder of the out-and-proud nonprofit JQ International, was sitting on a barstool at Revolver, a West Hollywood hot spot, as scantily clad performers shimmied on tabletops. 

    Earlier that evening, his blooming organization had hosted...

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