LGBT

A Landmark Victory, And Challenge

07/01/2015
Editorial

The remarkably rapid change in societal attitudes toward gays and lesbians, culminating in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage this past week, is a powerful statement about the values Americans place on democracy, social inclusion and individual freedoms.

Jewish Groups March In NYC Gay Pride Parade

Post-Obergefell v. Hodges, marchers express pride in their Jewish and LGBT identities.

06/29/2015
Editorial Intern

Shonna Levin’s bright red shoes offset her black suit, white shirt, and wide-brimmed black hat, an outfit often worn by young men in yeshiva. The sign she held explained the combination: “For the bochur (young religious man) who lives in silence, I march with you.” 

Marchers express pride in their Jewish and LGBT identities. Talia Lakritz/JW

Homophobes Win In Indiana

A reputation for homophobia that has dogged Republicans for many years got worse this week when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a new law protecting discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT).

His state's "Restoring Religious Freedom Act" gives businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT individuals based on religious grounds.

Joel Grey, Jewish Actor Best Known For ‘Cabaret’ Role, Comes Out At 82

01/29/2015

It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay.

Forty Years Of ‘Making History’ At CBST

Manhattan’s gay and lesbian synagogue marks a milestone with new illustrated book.

10/01/2014
Culture Editor

In what may be the largest Kol Nidrei service in New York City, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is expected to host about 4,000 people at the Javits Center on Friday night. These services are free of charge, open to all.

Obama’s Faith-Based Advisers Divided Over Exemption For Anti-Gay Discrimination

07/09/2014

Washington -- President Obama’s faith-based advisers are coming down on different sides of a debate over a pending executive order that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.

LGBT Inclusion, Ex-Orthodox Support Organizations Win Bikkurim’s First Grants

05/07/2014
Staff Writer

Bikkurim, a New York-based organization that has helped launch 29 Jewish start-ups since 2000, this week announced the awarding of its first pair of grants -- $100,000 each to Keshet and Footsteps.

Twelve Topics: Start An Orthodox Conversation About LGBT Jews

05/05/2014

We are a group of many dozens of observant, Orthodox families from across the United States, including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

At Eshel, We Are Hopeful

04/10/2014

Our friend Justin Spiro has hit upon the challenge in his piece, "LGBTQ Youth Have No Derech To Stray From." We cannot complain that young people are leaving a community if it leaves them first. 

Israel Recognizes Transgender Man As Biological Father

09/16/2013

Israel’s Interior Ministry has for the first time recognized two biological fathers of the same baby.

The baby was born to Yuval Topper-Erez, the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant, and Matan Topper-Erez. Yuval Topper-Erez in December 2011. After Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and the chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, Miri Regev, intervened on behalf of the couple, the ministry recognized both men as the child’s biological parents.

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