Homosexuality

Last homosexual prisoner of Holocaust camps mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

A man believed to be the last person imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis because he was homosexual has died in France.

Rudolf Brazda, who died on Wednesday at the age of 98, was liberated from Buchenwald in 1945.

He had been in the infamous Nazi camp since 1943, one of up to 15,000 men sent there because they were identified as homosexual.

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Gays bow to anti-Israel pressure

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

British campaigners have criticised the cancellation of a major gay and lesbian conference in Israel, after pressure from Palestinian gay groups.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation [IGYLO ] was attacked by two Israel-based Palestinian gay groups, Al Qaws and Aswat, for choosing to host its general assembly in Tel Aviv.

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Mazel Tov: New York's first gay Jewish marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

The mayor of New York was among the guests who watched a glass smashed under the chuppah at one of the state's first ever same-sex marriages.

New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage in June, and the law came into effect on Sunday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a champion of gay marriage, conducted a ceremony for a Jewish couple at his Upper East Side residence.

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Lesbian couple banned at Gertrude Stein show

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

The San Francisco Jewish Museum has cautioned a security guard after he refused to allow two women to hold hands at an exhibition of the work of prominent lesbian artist Gertrude Stein.

The couple was reprimanded by the guard, who told them they could not hold hands.

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Who you get in bed with - human rights, gay rights

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011
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A video promoted by Israeli government staffers about gay rights and the flotilla to Gaza

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Fake Gaza flotilla video criticised

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A PR stunt publicised by an Israeli government staffer has been criticised because it featured an Israeli actor posing as a gay man involved in pro-Palestinian activism.

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'Gay Girl in Damascus' blogger accused of second hoax

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

A married male blogger who posed as a lesbian writing from Damascus in order to criticise Israel is alleged to have used a second false account to defend his behaviour.

Tom MacMaster made headlines around the world with his site "A Gay Girl in Damascus", which included comments about shooting Jews and Christians and used rumours "to inflame views of Israel".

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Peter Tatchell under fire for gay meeting attack

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been accused of "stirring up antisemitic rhetoric" after he condemned a gay organisation for hosting a meeting in Israel.

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No new gay way to stay frum

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 17, 2011

On July 22 2010, a Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews with a Homosexual Orientation in our Community was issued over the names of around 170 mainly Israeli and American Orthodox rabbis and educators.

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Gay, observant - and sponsored by Google

June 16, 2011

For the first time, Orthodox gay and lesbian groups had a float at Tel Aviv's Gay Pride parade last Friday. And it had corporate sponsorship that other larger organisations on the march would have given anything for - from Google.

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