Jewish LGBTQ

Orthodox LGBT Center Addressing ‘Quiet Emergency’

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah opens new home to ‘community’s most vulnerable.’

06/15/2016 - 08:05
Staff Writer

Hannah Simpson, 31, a transgender woman, waits at the entrance of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), New York’s oldest gay congregation, on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings, prepared to greet teen visitors with a smile and words of encouragement.

A sign for the new safe space for gay Orthodox Jews at CBST in Chelsea. Courtesy of JQY

90 LGBT Activists Call Anti-Israel Behavior At Conference ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Deeply Disturbing’

01/28/2016 - 11:22

Days after 200 anti-Israel demonstrators forcibly shut down a reception at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change conference, a group of American LGBT activists, both Jewish and non-Jewish, condemned the protesters’ behavior as “unacceptable and not in accord with the Task Force’s values of pluralism, inclusivity and thoughtful debate.”

National LGBTQ Task Force.

Gay-To-Straight Conversion Group Committed Consumer Fraud, Jury Finds

Awards plaintiffs $72,400 in damages; found that JONAH misrepresented its program as scientifically based.

06/24/2015 - 20:00
Religion News Service

(RNS) A New Jersey jury found a gay-to-straight conversion therapy organization guilty of consumer fraud in state Superior Court on Thursday.

Plaintiff Michael Ferguson with Seth Anderson and Shannon Minter, Nat. Cntr for Lesbian RighKathleen Perrin/Equality Case Files

LGBT-Jew! Top 5 Jewish LGBTQ+ Pride Events In NYC

Looking to celebrate Pride Month with a Jewish twist? Here's how.

06/14/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

“Yesterday’s struggle is today’s heritage” happens to be the tagline of NYC Pride’s array of events and initiatives recognizing June as Pride Month, but it could just as easily refer to the Jewish people’s resilient history. For Jews who also identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their allies, Pride Month is the perfect time to explore and celebrate both identities. So without further ado, here are 5 events aiming to help people do just that.

‘Making People’s Boundaries Wider’

Discussion about Israel’s LGBTQ community comes to county.

12/29/2014 - 19:00
Westchester Correspondent

Tel Aviv, according to a 2012 survey by American Airlines and the website, is the most gay-friendly travel destination in the world. And in a Hague Center for Strategic Studies poll from last January, the Israel Defense Forces was tapped as the world’s most inclusive army when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members serving in the armed forces.

Leaders of the Israeli group The Aguda and Westchester’s Mosaic at recent event.  Courtesy of Bina Raskin

Inclusion Gets Boost Across County

04/22/2014 - 20:00
Westchester Correspondent

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure that Westchester’s Jewish institutions are welcoming to LGBTQ Jews — and their families — Rabbi Steven Greenberg, who is the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi in nation, will be speaking at various venues in the county April 25-27.

A New ‘Mosaic’ For Westchester

Recently launched nonprofit aims to bring LGBT community into Jewish fold.

02/24/2014 - 19:00
Westchester Correspondent

Diane Werner wants to be sure that no one in the Jewish LGBTQ community ever feels unwelcome in a Westchester Jewish organization. She can’t forget what one of her sons, who is gay, had said to her about his synagogue and day school experience: “I don’t see anyone like me.”

Westchester’s year-old Mosaic group aims to make the wider Jewish community welcoming of the LGBTQ community. Bina Raskin/Mosaic
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