Homosexuality

Have lesbian and gay rabbis found equality?

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, July 10, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, two lesbians were ordained under the auspices of London's Leo Baeck College: Rabbi Sheila Shulman and me. Until then, there was only one gay rabbi in Britain, Lio nel Blue. Since then, a further 12 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rabbis have received semichah from LBC, and four others, ordained elsewhere, have become part of the Progressive movement.

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The LGBT community: I felt as if I was letting my parents down

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2014

Lara Atkin, 30, is a PHD student and teacher in English literature at Queen Mary University of London

At 18 I had a nice Jewish boyfriend, but something wasn't quite right. I didn't really understand and my first thought was, "what's wrong with me?" But as time went on, I realised this was who I am.

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The LGBT community: How do I tell others? Will I have grandchildren?

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2014

Alison Walsh is a member of the support group, Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians

Having a Jewish child come out can be a bewildering time for parents. Alison Walsh says the orthodox community should be providing more support for families.

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Gay, Jewish - and not afraid to say so

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

Benjamin Kaye has one regret. He never assured an elderly relative of his that he was not alone and did not have to suffer in silence.

Mr Kaye's relative, like him, was gay. But he never said so. His generation rarely did and he died, aged 88, never having spoken of it.

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Same-sex marriage will widen the religious rift

By Rabbi Zvi Solomons, April 27, 2014

Three years ago the internet was awash with pictures of two frum Jewish men under a chupah in New York, wearing white kittels. The headlines screamed that this was the first “Orthodox” gay wedding.

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How salt beef became a recipie for a hot date

By Rosa Doherty, April 18, 2014

“Who doesn’t like a hot salt-beef sandwich?” Allan Davis asked himself when creating a dating site for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews.

He created HotSaltBeef.com after noticing a gap in the market.

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Shuls prepare for same-sex marriages

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2014

The location of the first same-sex Jewish marriage is still to be revealed five weeks before new legislation permitting gay or lesbian couples to wed comes into force.

Religious groups can apply from March 13 to hold same-sex marriages on their premises, with the first ceremonies in theory able to take place after midnight Saturday March 29.

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Young gays supported

February 13, 2014

A culturally sensitive and confidential support service for Jewish 16-21-year-olds who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender - or think that they might be - will be launched in spring.

It follows an in-depth survey conducted by the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group (JGLG) to ascertain the wishes and concerns of young LGBTQs.

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Community leads the way in gay rights, says rabbi

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2014

An exhibition tracing the history of the Jewish gay community has opened at the London School of Economics.

Rainbow Jews, organised by Liberal Judaism, explores the relationship between the Jewish community and its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, showcasing video footage, banners, books and artefacts from the past 50 years.

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Persecution of gays still exists

By Benjamin Cohen, January 24, 2014

If I had been alive 75 years ago and living in Berlin, not London, my outlook would not have been good and not just because I’m Jewish. Like some of those who found themselves persecuted, I also have a disability, and perhaps more pertinently, I am gay.

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