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IS THE WORLD READY FOR JEWISH BATWOMAN?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By Elazar Abrahams for Tablet Magazine


The Caped Crusader’s Semitic lesbian cousin is ready for her close-up


Another superhero is heading to TV, and if her origin story is respected, she’ll be Jewish!

The CW recently announced that Batwoman (Bruce Wayne’s cousin Kate Kane) will be joining its prime-time roster that already includes DC Comics characters like Arrow and The Flash. While viewers might succumb to Gotham City fatigue and not tune in, Batwoman will be a genre milestone as the first superhero show with a lesbian lead. 

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Gay and African-American rabbi wants to shatter stereotypes of what a Jew looks like

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00am
By Josefin Dolsten for JTA


As a Jew of color, Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae has had her fair share of experiences that have made her feel less than welcome in the Jewish community. People sometimes assume that she is a member of the synagogue janitorial staff rather than the rabbi. Sometimes when visiting a synagogue, she’ll be asked if she’s lost.

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At the Intersection of Queer and Jewish: A Reflection

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
BY MARQUES HOLLIE for ReformJudaism.org


I first knew I was queer around the age of 12 and came out sometime between the ages of 13 and 14; that was almost 20 years ago. For as long as I can remember, Pride has always sparked conflicting feelings inside me. On one hand, yes, the notion of Pride is a revelation and we should continue to celebrate the hard-won battles we’ve fought in our quest for equality.


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Quarter of a million people celebrate Tel Aviv Pride 2018

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am

By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


Tel Aviv kicks off Global Pride Parade season with record number of attendees celebrating LGBT rights and tolerance at the city’s 20th annual event.


More than a quarter of a million people from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv on Friday to take part in the largest ever pride parade in the Middle East. 

Shirtless men in bow ties, drag queens and revelers waving Israeli and rainbow flags danced through the city streets, marking 20 years since Tel Aviv’s first pride parade and paying tribute to those who played a role in promoting LGBT rights and the image of tolerance for the community in Israel.


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Pride in London: Ten LGBT Jews inspiring change

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00am
From JewishNews.timesofisrael


Ahead of this weekend's event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, in partnership with KeshetUK we take a look at 10 prime movers shaping attitudes and acceptance of LGBT+ Jews in Britain


Shaan Surat Knan

Shaan is one of the most vocal and visible campaigners within and beyond the Jewish community on LGBT+ inclusion, inspiring people with his openness during his transition.

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Putting the Jew Back in the Queer

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:00am
By Helene Meyers for Tablet Magazine 


Lillian Faderman’s new biography of Harvey Milk re-centers much of his activism on lessons he learned from his Jewishness


Harvey Milk, whose dramatic political career was cut tragically short by an assassin’s bullets, was born on May 22, 1930. Lillian Faderman’s new biography Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (a volume in Yale’s Jewish Lives series) is not a hagiography but nonetheless celebrates the complex gay man who didn’t get to see his 50th birthday, let alone his 88th. This elegantly written and well-researched book recovers the Jewishness that has too often been erased or glossed over in the mythologizing of a gay icon.

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This Orthodox rabbi just took a job at an LGBT synagogue

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:00am
From JTA


On the surface, this may seem an unorthodox choice. But dig deeper and see why Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is a good fit for Jvillage Network member, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, as their new scholar-in-residence.

 

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Gently breaking taboos, a settlement bloc moves gingerly toward LGBT acceptance

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:00am
By JACOB MAGID, Times of Israel 


In first gathering of its kind in a religious community on either side of Green Line, Efrat event takes unambiguous stance against notion that homosexuality is a matter of choice


Toward the beginning of the biblical book of Numbers, Moses is approached by a group of Israelites who had been unable to participate in the Passover sacrificial offering with the rest of the nation.

Lamenting their “impure” status after having come in contact with a dead body, they ask their leader, “Why should we be excluded?”

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