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Orthodox Judaism and LGBTQ Issues

Posted on August 7th, 2017
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.

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The 1930s Lesbian Boarding School Flick Banned by the Nazis

Posted on July 31st, 2017
BY JENNY LEVISON for Jewniverse    


Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school story?

Answer: Nazis.

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.

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New Dating Site ‘Saw You At Stonewall’ Caters To LGBTQ Jews

Posted on July 24th, 2017
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.”


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North Carolina Pride organizers promise ‘solution’ so Jews can attend parade set for Yom Kippur

Posted on July 17th, 2017
From JTA


Organizers of North Carolina’s gay pride parade and festival said they would find a solution following complaints from the Jewish community about the event being scheduled for Yom Kippur.

“We’re going to solve that no matter what it takes,” organizer John Short told The Herald-Sun on Thursday. “Exactly how we’ll solve that we don’t know.”

Short said the Durham Pride parade’s volunteer organizing committee had Jewish members but it still had not realized the scheduling conflict. He added that “all the Jewish community will be able to attend” the event.

“We’ll develop a solution that will be able to be carried over in the future,” Short said.

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I’m a Lesbian But The Chicago Dyke March Doesn’t Speak For Me

Posted on July 10th, 2017
BY JOANNE STRASSER EDWARDS for Kveller


It feels strange to be angry at people marching for human rights, especially when their cause is so near and dear to my wife, son and me. But last Saturday, three Jewish individuals were banned from participating in the Dyke March Chicago. Their crime? Carrying rainbow pride flags with the star of David.

When I learned that the organizers’ decision to ask them to leave was based on the participants’ apparent affiliation with the State of Israel, I felt uneasy. Because as a Zionist, gay woman, I can easily recognize good old anti-Semitism masked by the cloak of anti-Zionism. Never mind hijacking an important cause to promote a one-sided political agenda.

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