Jewish Republican beats Ron Paul in Puerto Rico primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Controversial presidential hopeful Ron Paul was beaten in Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary by a little-known gay Jewish Republican contender.

Fred Karger, whose progressive campaign has attracted little media attention in the last few months, won 1.43 per cent of the vote in the US territory, compared with Mr Paul’s 1.22 per cent.


Reform backs gay marriage

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

The Reform movement has branded as "inflammatory" an attack on same-sex marriage by one of Britain's leading Catholic clerics.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, described plans to legalise gay marriage as "madness" and a "grotesque subvesion".

But Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, movement rabbi for Reform Judaism, said that the cardinal's comments were "inflamma


Mormons targeted in spoof 'convert to gay' site

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Gay rights activists have decided to fight fire with fire when it comes to the Mormon practice of posthumous baptism.

The spoof website, "All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay", has been launched in response to revelations that, despite numerous promises to the contrary, members of the Mormon Church have continued baptising Holocaust victims.


Coming out - the coming-out videos

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Gay and lesbian Jewish activists are stepping up their campaign to have Keshet UK, the Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender forum, advise Jewish schools on teaching about homosexuality, after the controversy over a reference to Jewish gay cure group JONAH in a JFS lesson on the topic.

This week, Channel 4 presenter and ex-JFS pupil, Benjamin Cohen, released a video, promoted by the bro


Why I am broadcasting this positive message

By Benjamin Cohen, February 9, 2012

I wanted to use my public profile on TV and online to communicate a positive message to young Jewish people. That message is simple: it's okay to be Jewish and gay, you don't have to sacrifice one part of your identity to remain true to the other.


No 'cure'- you can't 'pray away the gay'

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

A Jewish newspaper columnist has robustly defended a controversial piece that she wrote suggesting that homosexuality could be cured.

Doreen Wachmann, who writes for the Jewish Telegraph in Manchester, said last week that she was daring to "put my head above the parapet and write about the forbidden topic" and expressed her "reservations over the contemporary Orthodoxy which dictates that homos


The gay dilemma that confronts Orthodoxy

By Joe Wolfson, February 9, 2012

Homosexuality refuses to leave the community headlines.


Benjamin Cohen on being gay and Jewish

By Jessica Elgot, February 8, 2012
Channel 4 presenter and ex JFS pupil Benjamin Cohen has released a video, promoted by the broadcaster, where he describes his experience coming out as gay as a Jewish teenager.

The video has been tweeted and backed by celebrities and journalists including Jon Snow, Stephen Fry, Sarah Brown and Krishnan Guru Murthy.

Keshet UK, the Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender forum, h


JFS head won't meet school's gay ex-pupils

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

The head-teacher of JFS has refused to meet gay and lesbian former pupils to discuss the methods of teaching of homosexuality at the school - but has promised to "review" the school's approach.

Former JFS pupils, including co-convener of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender forum Keshet UK, Dave Shaw, had asked to meet head Jonathan Miller to discuss the reference to "gay cure" organisati


Anti-gay rabbi reinstated

February 2, 2012

Amsterdam's Orthodox Ashkenazi community has reinstated its Chief Rabbi, Aryeh Ralbag, who was suspended two weeks ago for signing an online declaration calling on homosexuals to try to overcome their inclinations.

The community's action against the New York-based rabbi, who travels to the Netherlands several times a year, had prompted a torrent of protests from across the Orthodox rabbinic wo