Homosexuality

Parliament hosts Chanucah celebration for gay group

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

Parliament has hosted its first Chanucah reception for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.

Keshet UK, which promotes the inclusion of LGBT Jews in all aspects of communal life, welcomed around 100 people to the Commons’ Jubilee Room on Monday evening.

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Gay Men's Chorus gives us something to sing about

By Julia Neuberger, November 29, 2013

On Sunday December 1, West London Synagogue is hosting a concert, with the London Gay Men’s Chorus (the largest gay male-voice choir in Europe), marking its first major collaboration with the Jewish community.

The concert marks both World Aids Day and the fifth night of Chanucah.

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Stephen Fry is 'evil', says anti-gay Russian politician

By Rosa Doherty, September 30, 2013

Stephen Fry has been labelled "evil" by Russian politician Vitaly Milonov over his views on gay rights in Russia.

Mr Fry criticised Russia’s anti-gay laws in March and called on David Cameron, Sebastian Coe and the International Olympic Committee to boycott the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics.

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Orthodox outrage over New Jersey law banning gay conversion

By Josh Jackman, August 21, 2013

A Charedi organisation has condemned a new state law in America banning gay conversion therapy for children.

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Jewish gay groups back Stephen Fry over Russian anti-gay law

By Zoe Winograd, August 15, 2013

Jewish Gays and lesbians have praised Stephen Fry over his stand against the Russian anti-gay law.

The actor caused controversy when he highlighted the Moscow government’s recent decision to impose heavy fines for anyone providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.

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Stephen Fry compares Russian gay discrimination to Nazi Germany

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry has compared Russia's treatment of gay people to Hitler's persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Mr Fry made the claim in a letter calling on the International Olympic Committee to strip the Russian city of Sochi of next year's Winter Olympics.

Members of Mr Fry's family were killed in Hungary during the Holocaust.

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Spanish chief rabbi denies calling gays "deviants"

By JCReporter, August 8, 2013

A spokeswoman for the Jewish community in Madrid has denied the authenticity of quotes attributed to its chief rabbi in which he reportedly called gays “deviants” who need “re-educating”.

Rabbi Moshe Bendahan was alleged to have made the comments last week during an interview for Religion Digital, a news website.

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Jewish Agency setting up network for gay olim

By Simon Rocker, August 1, 2013

The Jewish Agency is setting up a network for new gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) olim at the initiative of a British immigrant.

Roy Freeman, 40, who is originally from Luton, moved to Israel last year after spending 11 years in Australia, where he chaired an LGBT group Dayenu in Sydney.

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Candidate for chief rabbi is 'severe bigot'

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

borderline racist, sexist and homophobic statements made by the leading candidate in the Sephardi chief rabbinate election have caused outrage in Israel, with Knesset members and Israeli citizens calling for his disqualification.

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Gay rights pioneer dies

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2013

Michael Brown, the activist who founded the first Jewish gay organisation in the world, has died aged 82 after losing his battle against leukaemia.

Mr Brown was instrumental in the establishment of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group in 1972, as a place to "meet and socialise with like-minded people".

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