Orthodox rabbis reject colleagues’ letter calling LGBTQ community ‘perverts’

Posted on August 20th, 2018
From JTA


Dozens of American and Israeli Orthodox rabbis have signed a letter in support of the LGBTQ community in response to a letter last week from some 200 Orthodox rabbis in Israel that called its members “perverts” and an “organization of abominations.”


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IS THE WORLD READY FOR JEWISH BATWOMAN?

Posted on August 13th, 2018
By Elazar Abrahams for Tablet Magazine


The Caped Crusader’s Semitic lesbian cousin is ready for her close-up


Another superhero is heading to TV, and if her origin story is respected, she’ll be Jewish!

The CW recently announced that Batwoman (Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate Kane) will be joining its prime-time roster that already includes DC Comics characters like Arrow and The Flash. While viewers might succumb to Gotham City fatigue and not tune in, Batwoman will be a genre milestone as the first superhero show with a lesbian lead. 

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Gay and African-American rabbi wants to shatter stereotypes of what a Jew looks like

Posted on August 6th, 2018
By Josefin Dolsten for JTA


As a Jew of color, Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae has had her fair share of experiences that have made her feel less than welcome in the Jewish community. People sometimes assume that she is a member of the synagogue janitorial staff rather than the rabbi. Sometimes when visiting a synagogue, she’ll be asked if she’s lost.

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At the Intersection of Queer and Jewish: A Reflection

Posted on July 30th, 2018
BY MARQUES HOLLIE for ReformJudaism.org


I first knew I was queer around the age of 12 and came out sometime between the ages of 13 and 14; that was almost 20 years ago. For as long as I can remember, Pride has always sparked conflicting feelings inside me. On one hand, yes, the notion of Pride is a revelation and we should continue to celebrate the hard-won battles we’ve fought in our quest for equality.


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Quarter of a million people celebrate Tel Aviv Pride 2018

Posted on July 23rd, 2018

By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


Tel Aviv kicks off Global Pride Parade season with record number of attendees celebrating LGBT rights and tolerance at the city’s 20th annual event.


More than a quarter of a million people from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv on Friday to take part in the largest ever pride parade in the Middle East. 

Shirtless men in bow ties, drag queens and revelers waving Israeli and rainbow flags danced through the city streets, marking 20 years since Tel Aviv’s first pride parade and paying tribute to those who played a role in promoting LGBT rights and the image of tolerance for the community in Israel.


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