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.
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.
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?”
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c
US-based organization coordinates romantic Israel trips for young couples, including mixed-religion, LGBTQ and non-religious Jews.
It has long been rumored that couples who meet on Birthright trips receive a free honeymoon to Israel. This is just hearsay, but there is a way for newly married couples to enjoy a highly subsidized trip to the Holy Land.
BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL for jpost.com
The Bank for Social Economy holds numerous accounts that wage boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) activity against Israel.
The Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation – named after a gay German-Jewish scientist who was persecuted by the Nazis – has terminated its account with the Bank for Social Economy over the financial institution’s enabling of organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.
By Amichai Atali for Ynetnews
Ovadia Cohen, grandson of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former chief rabbi, Shas Party spiritual leader and foremost Sephardic Halachic authority in recent times, will marry his partner at a ceremony led by a religious gay woman.
An unusual wedding is set to take place this coming week as Ovadia Cohen, named for his grandfather former Chief Rabbi of Israel, spiritual leader of the Shas Party and the most influential Sephardic rabbi in his generation, Ovadia Yosef, will tie the knot with his boyfriend Amichai Landsman.
Adrianna Chaviva Freedman for The Forward
Growing up as a religious girl, I always pictured myself having a husband, enough kids to fit a minivan, and living in a comfortable home. I dreamed of having a wedding where I see my future husband meeting me halfway down the aisle and then finish the walk to get married under the chuppah.