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Jews Clash in Queer Toronto Over Inclusion of BDS Group in Parade

23 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
A Jewish gay and lesbian group has submitted a request to the Pride Toronto arbitration panel, asking the gay pride parade organizers to ban anti-Israel group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from the festival. The dispute resolution committee will review the complaint, but may not be able to render a decision in time for the event.

Y-Love – Jewish, Orthodox, Black… and Gay

24 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
New York rapper Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan, famed black convert to Orthodox Judaism and celebrated artist, has announced that he is homosexual in an interview with Out magazine.

He’s Black, He’s Jewish, He’s Gay, Get Used to It, and It, and It

"Most people have probably never heard of Y-Love," writes Jerry Portwood in Out Magazine this week, explaining that "for a dedicated fan base, however, Y-Love, aka Yitz Jordan, is a popular Hassidic hip-hop artist who raps in a mix of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and Latin. That’s right: Jordan is an African-American rapping Jew. And now he wants the world to know he’s gay."

Being Gay and Orthodox Gets Really Complicated

22 Iyyar 5772 – May 14, 2012
Our recent discussions in the Jewish media of gay marriages and the conflict between being a faithful Jew and being gay reminded me of...

Tibbi’s Roundup: If You Knew What’s Going On in my Head You’d Blush

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
Not related to the image above which is just my treat to you, the same-sex story reminds me of the joke about a guy...

Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage; Rabbis Debate Homosexuality

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
President Obama on Wednesday went on the record with a statement that he now supports same-sex marriage, a reversal of his longstanding opposition. While US public opinion on this issue has seemingly reached a point of no return, the debate within Orthodox Judaism has centered on accepting gays rather than legitimizing the gay agenda. But a few cracks have appeared even in that wall.

Israel is Theme of Gay Conference

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
A major annual US gay conference will feature Israel and its gay community this year. The Equality Forum’s four-day event in Philadelphia, ending Sunday, featured...

Vatican Rep Wants Alliance With Jews, Muslims, to Combat Gay Marriage

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
A Vatican representative has issued a call for the world’s foremost religions to unite to take a stand against gay marriage. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the...

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Savaging the Bible Over Homosexuality

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
The Bible consists of 613 commandments, one of which is for a man to marry and have children, and the other is for a man to avoid gay sex with another man. That leaves 611 commandments for gay men to observe. That should keep them pretty busy. Homosexuality should be treated like lighting fire on the Sabbath or eating non-kosher foods, both Biblical prohibitions

Conservatives to Ordain Gay and Lesbian Rabbis in Israel

28 Nisan 5772 – April 19, 2012
The Board of Trustees of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary voted to accept gay and lesbian students for ordination. “The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary views the serious process leading to this decision as an example of confronting social dilemmas within the framework of tradition and halachah,” Board of Trustees Chair Hanan Alexander said in a statement.

Seattle LGBT to Visiting Israeli Homosexuals: Gay Aveck!

4 Nisan 5772 – March 27, 2012
In the solidarity business, life can be unpredictable. Take, for instance, the story of the LGBT commission representing the gay community in Seattle, which this month canceled a Friday reception at City Hall for a visiting delegation of Israeli gay leaders. They argued that Israel was "pinkwashing" its treatment of the Palestinians by showing the world how fabulous they are on gay rights.

New Hampshire House Squashes Bill Allowing Vendors to Refuse Serving Gay Weddings

21 Adar 5772 – March 15, 2012
The New Hampshire House of Representative Wednesday defeated by a 246-85 vote a bill that would have allowed photographers, caterers and others to turn away wedding gigs if they had a religious objection to the marriage. "As New Hampshire goes, so goes the nation," and political trends have a way of trickling down to the more populated states.

Surviving Bullying, Silencing And Torment For Being Gay In The Frum Community

2 Shevat 5772 – January 25, 2012
It’s been more than six months since The Jewish Press published an op-ed titled “Orthodox Homosexuals and the Pursuit of Self Indulgence.” In the article, the writer, while not mentioning my name, calls me shameless and self-indulgent and suggests that I learn to suffer in silence.

At Orthodox Mental Health Group’s Forum, Openly Gay Jews Get Their Say And Some...

12 Kislev 5772 – December 7, 2011
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – The 15th annual conference of Nefesh International, an association of Orthodox mental health professionals, was a study in inclusion.

Bachmann’s Pro-Israel Stance Shaped By Summer Work On Kibbutz

27 Sivan 5771 – June 29, 2011
WASHINGTON - Newly declared presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's dedication to Israel dates back to 1974, when she was selected at age 17 to join a group of Minnesota teens to spend a summer in Israel.

The Man Behind All The Noise: An Interview with Rabbi Yehuda Levin

12 Heshvan 5771 – October 20, 2010
All last week, Rabbi Yehuda Levin's name appeared in the news as the man behind gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's widely-reported remarks opposing gay marriage and homosexuality. After a maelstrom of criticism, Paladino apologized to the gay and lesbian community, prompting Rabbi Levin to sever his ties with the Republican candidate.

Closet Claustrophobia

28 Iyyar 5770 – May 12, 2010
If you knew how much trouble I had getting gay men to be interviewed by me, you would doubt that the term "gay" applies to them. Their elusive hesitance, their resistance to revealing any identifying information including their phone numbers and the need for my repeated reassurances that I would respect their privacy and exercise discretion further evidences that they are not happy with their former identities and associations and have chosen a different path because "gay" and homosexual are not necessarily synonymous. In fact Dan (not his real name) was quick to confirm my assumptions. He felt it was very much an oxymoron to be gay and happy in his life.

Doing What Comes Naturally?

30 Nisan 5770 – April 14, 2010
Many years ago, I was meeting relatives at the airport when I ran into someone I knew whom I hadn't seen in a few years. Someone who was a very active homosexual. I asked him what he was doing at the airport and he told me he was there to pick up his wife and kids. "Oh," I said and, as if on cue, his wife appeared with two little kids in tow.

Vouchers, Gay Marriage And Black-Jewish Relations: An Interview With New York Governor David Paterson

18 Heshvan 5770 – November 4, 2009
David Paterson is the fourth African American and only the second legally blind governor in U.S. history. The son of former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson, he spent 20 years in New York's state senate before being chosen as Eliot Spitzer's running mate for the 2006 New York gubernatorial election. He became governor on March 17, 2008 after Spitzer resigned.

‘Family-Values Rabbi’ Visits Jerusalem, Vatican

24 Shevat 5769 – February 18, 2009
"Now we have the possibility of permanently stopping the yearly gay pride march in Jerusalem," Rabbi Yehuda Levin of the Rabbinical Alliance of America told The Jewish Press at the end of a two-week trip to Israel, which ended earlier this week.

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