I’m Black, Jewish And Gay — And Food Is My Weapon Against Bigotry
By Michael Twitty for The Forward
I am going back to the mountaintop.
In three weeks, I will return to Charlottesville, Virginia. It is not because it became last Saturday the site of an American pogrom.
Last weekend dozens of people were injured during violence sparked by the Unite the Right rally and counter protests. Two law enforcement officers were killed in a helicopter crash, a 20-year-old young African-American man was beaten bloody by a mob and one woman, Heather Heyer, was run over by a car and killed. Over two days, chants of “Blood and Soil!,” “Race Traitors,” “F—k You Fa—ots” and “Jews Will Not Replace Us” pierced the air.
North American Jews urge Israel to provide equal adoption rights for same-sex couples
Some 200 Jewish leaders and institutions from North America urged the Israeli government to end discrimination against same-sex couples who want to adopt children.
The call came in a letter to the government coordinated by A Wider Bridge, a San Francisco-based organization that focuses on ties between U.S. and Israeli LGBTQ communities. Signatories included Hillel International, leaders of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Union of Reform Judaism, prominent Jewish LGBT leaders and over 60 U.S. rabbis.
Orthodox Judaism and LGBTQ Issues
BY BEN HARRIS for myjewishlearning.com
Efforts to make the community more compassionate have stopped short of sanctioning gay relationships.
The liberal Jewish movements have undergone dramatic shifts in their approach to gay, lesbian and transgender Jews in the past two decades, but among the Orthodox the changes have been far less dramatic — and in many quarters, virtually nonexistent.
Two seemingly clear biblical denunciations of homosexual sex, as well as the corpus of rabbinic commentaries and legal codes based on those verses, limit how far Orthodox Judaism, marked by its fidelity to traditional understandings of Jewish law, or halacha, can move on this subject.
The 1930s Lesbian Boarding School Flick Banned by the Nazis
BY JENNY LEVISON for Jewniverse
Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school story?
Believe it or not, the first widely-released film featuring a lesbian plot came out in Germany just as Hitler was rising to power.
Despite being made in Germany, Mäedchen in Uniform was more successful elsewhere in Europe than in its home country. Its infamous goodnight kiss scene was even credited with starting a “stockings and kissing cult” in Romania.
New Dating Site ‘Saw You At Stonewall’ Caters To LGBTQ Jews
BY SHIRA HANAU for The Times of Israel
First-of-its-kind niche dating website focuses on the underserved Jewish LGBTQ dating scene; sliding scales place users on the Queer spectrum.
Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a queer match.
Though finding a Jewish partner is hard as it is, the challenge is intensified if you’re queer and Jewish. That’s why software engineer Joanna Halpern set out to create Saw You At Stonewall, a new matchmaking site for queer Jews.
“There’s tons of dating sites but there’s nothing specific to being Jewish and queer,” said Joanna Halpern, an undergraduate student at McGill University who identifies as a Jewish lesbian. “That’s what’s beautiful about this website. Unlike other dating apps, it has all the perfect questions for being Jewish and all the specific questions for being queer that other websites would be lacking.”