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Gay Jews Shake Their Butts to End the Summer, and Jewish Mothers Plotz Everywhere (VIDEO)

Jayson Littman | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Jayson Littman

The summer might be over, but the Jewish boys of the famed Viagra Falls house in the New York gay getaway Fire Island Pines just released this Hebro-s...

Jewish Float To Sail In Amsterdam's Gay Pride Canal Parade

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion

Amsterdam's annual gay pride Canal Parade will take place on August 2, and one Jewish float will be joining its fleet of nearly 80 boats. Exodays, ...

Gay Marriage or Civil Rights?

Leslie Handler | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Handler

Rabbi Yanklowitz states that we should "do what is right not what is popular." So is the rabbi the civil rights freedom fighter of the 1950's or is he the one in agreement with the movement in the 1970's?

The Goy of Cooking: How a Drag Queen Saved Passover Seder

Corvette Hunt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Corvette Hunt

Some of the most glorious stories are of our mistakes, and how we made ourselves better because of them.

#Married!

Chaim Levin | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Chaim Levin

My celebration looks very different and comes with a lot of questions. The bottom line though is that I'm celebrating one way or the other, and I'm lucky that I have something so amazing that I once never dreamed I would have, someone to call home, someone who's mine and vice versa.

Retreat Brings Gay Jews Together To Celebrate Faith And Sexuality

Religion News Service | Ann Marie Somma | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion

FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. (RNS) Jews from across the country have converged on the Nehirim retreat for a weekend of prayer and reflection. They come from ...

5 Reasons Being an Orthodox Rabbi Compelled Me to Support Gay Marriage

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

I am coming out of the closet. I am an Orthodox rabbi and an advocate for gay marriage. I am pro-gay-rights because I am an Orthodox rabbi, not in spite of it.

What Faith Leaders Are Saying About Being Gay (Some May Surprise You)

Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" said Pope Francis, a statement that many other religious leaders would do well to pay...

Being Queer and Jewish in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn

J.E. Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

Perhaps my refusal to truly be myself in Crown Heights, to be open about who I am, a Jewish queer woman, is not entirely oppressive. Lost in my own preconceptions about the community that I love with verocity, despite everything, I forgot that people here, as everywhere, are complex.

The Term 'Gay' Was Devised By Jews To Oppress Whites, Founder Of 'White Enclave' Claims

Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices

White separatist and reported neo-Nazi Craig Cobb made some eyebrow-raising claims about the gay community in an appearance on "The David Pakman Show"...

Gay Answers to the High Holidays

Jayson Littman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Jayson Littman

Can I use Grindr during services?

Fraud Lawsuit Against Jewish Ex-Gay Group Begins

Religion News Service | Corrie Mitchell | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion

RNS) A month after the nation’s leading Christian “ex-gay” group apologized and announced plans to close, a similar Jewish group is facing a fir...

Why I Like Purim as a Queer, Secular Jew

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

Being queer and being Jewish aren't the same, but Esther's courageous decision to reveal a part of her identity, despite the fact that it may not be well-received, is something many LGBTQ people can relate to.

The Huppah And The Supreme Court: A New Year's Resolution

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Each time I plan a wedding with a heterosexual couple, I will initiate a conversation about marriage equality. To be specific, I will suggest that they include in their service a prayer for change.

A Straight Couple At A Gay Wedding: The Political Gets Personal

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Michael L. Millenson

Setting out for our nephew's wedding, my wife and I weren't quite sure what to expect. As religiously serious Jews, our excitement contained an undeniable undercurrent of uneasiness.

Jewish And Gay: One Choice In This Election

Stuart Milk | Posted 12.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Stuart Milk

The Jewish community has been involved in every major civil rights fight in American history. We know that those who marginalize and diminish any minority group should put us all on alert. The struggle for LGBT equality is no different.

PHOTOS: Gay Jews March For First Time In Celebrate Israel Parade

Mordechai Levovitz | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Mordechai Levovitz

For the first time since the parade was established in 1964, a queer Jewish group was allowed to march explicitly represent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews. This is a historic milestone in the effort for full LGBT inclusion in Jewish life.

Dan Savage Savages The Bible Over Homosexuality

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Everywhere we look today we find fanatics. So often we blame religion for all the extremists. But there are plenty of secular fanatics as well. From Savage's offensive attack against the Bible and religion in front of high school students, he appears to be one of them.

Wearing My Rainbow Yarmulka With Pride

Chaim Levin | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

I wear my yarmulka because I am proud: I am Jewish and gay. I am equally proud of both identities and would not want see anyone discriminated against because of either.

WATCH: Can Jews Pray The Gay Away? The Case Of Chaim Levin

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Chaim Levin chronicled the intense psychic duress that struggling to maintain a gay and Orthodox Jewish identity created for him. Subsequently, he was criticized in an op-ed in the Jewish Press.

Taking Off The Mask For Purim

Chaim Levin | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

This year's Purim marks three years since I started my incredible journey of coming out. Until three years ago I struggled in isolation with my identity as a gay man and an Orthodox Jew.

Jewish And Transgender: Follow The Words Of Hillel

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Leora Tanenbaum

On the face of it, "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders" (just out from University of Wisconsin Press) is the story of how Jay ...

Creating A Jewish Culture Of Inclusivity

Lynn Schusterman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Lynn Schusterman

Now is not the time for us to shy away from challenging ourselves to make substantive change for the better. We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity and equality are paramount.

Family Feud: How to Cope with Family Resistance

Dougall Fraser | Posted 03.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Dougall Fraser

Recently, David received an invitation to a bar mitzvah on his side of the family. It was explained to us that I was not invited to the synagogue for services because it would create too much gossip within their religious community.

Welcoming Synagogues: Queering Jewish Religious Spaces

Jessica Youseffi | Posted 03.20.2012 | Religion
Jessica Youseffi

Many LGBT Jews may not have the luxury of a synagogue that welcomes them. However, an ambitious project aims to train congregations cross across denominations to become safe and welcoming spaces for all Jews.