Homophobia is tackled at schools

Campaigners against homophobic bullying in schools have translated posters into modern Hebrew as part of a UK-wide programme.

Through a joint initiative between gay rights groups Keshet UK and Stonewall, a series of translated tolerance posters have been put up for the first time at a Jewish school, JCoSS in
Barnet.

The posters read: “Some people are gay – Get over it!”

Keshet UK volunteer Benjamin Ellis said seeing the poster in Hebrew “had a real impact. It marked a space where it is possible to be Jewish and gay, something I never felt existed growing up as an Orthodox Jew.”

Keshet co-convenor Alma Smith added: “We were invited by JCoSS and would love to go to other Jewish schools. At the moment we’re waiting for them to come to us. But we’ll approach when we can to promote opportunities of diversity and inclusion.”

Keshet has also been working with youth movements and synagogues “to fight against homophobia, prejudice and ignorance”.

Last updated: 10:45am, May 6 2013