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Op-Ed: Jewish organizations have made great strides in gay inclusionóbut must do more
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (wire service) ^ | 11-28-2012 | Idit Klein

Posted on 12/23/2012 4:24:02 PM PST by Salman

BOSTON (JTA) -- At the 2009 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews and their allies gathered in a small room on the ninth floor of the conference hotel.

The event was not part of the official GA program, and the room was in the hinterlands of the hotel, hidden from the public eye. It reminded me of photos of 1950s gay bars, underground dives with no signs or windows. At the biggest annual gathering of Jews in the world, it felt like LGBT Jews were still stuck in the closet.

It used to be rare for LGBT equality to be on the agenda of a major Jewish conference. Now it is rare for it not to be. The Jewish community is changing and, three years after that first gathering, I could feel and see that change at the 2012 GA.

At this year’s reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Jews, and their family, friends and allies, we celebrated the release of a new report, the Human Rights Campaign’s Jewish Organization Equality Index on the state of LGBT inclusion in North American Jewish organizations.

People flowed into the reception room until the line was out the door; we had to turn people away. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, remarked, "Who would have thought that we would reach the day when people would be lining up waiting to get into a room at the GA to talk about LGBT equality?"

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gayagenda; homosexualagenda; jews; judaism; lavendermafia; religiousleft
Who indeed?
1 posted on 12/23/2012 4:24:10 PM PST by Salman
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To: Salman

Gays voted 90+ for obama and jews voted 75+ for obama...


2 posted on 12/23/2012 4:31:53 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Salman

The writer of this piece forgot the O in his first name.


3 posted on 12/23/2012 4:33:37 PM PST by dforest
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To: Salman

Why?


4 posted on 12/23/2012 4:37:09 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Salman

If homosexuality is so great, why do they have to refer to it as being “gay”? All of the homosexuals I’ve ever seen are definitely not “gay”.


5 posted on 12/23/2012 4:58:20 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (U.S. elections have become nothing but another cheap ripoff of American Idol.)
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To: Salman

EMBRACE THE HEBLEWS!

Moses commanded it.

Oh, on second thought .......


6 posted on 12/23/2012 5:03:04 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Salman
I actually don't quite the point of this "inclusion" business. If they don't have explicit gatherings for right-handed and left-handed Jews, does that mean left-handers aren't being included? Do they have sepecial caucuses for "Jews who cammit adultery" as well as "Jews who don't commit adultery"? Special program options for "Jews married to Jews" and "Jews married to Gentiles"? Special recognition for "Jews who view porn" as well as "Jews who don't view porn"? "Jews who have PhD's" as well as "Jews without PhD's"?

I am not trying to be totally silly here, much less offensive. I'm trying to grasp what it is about "being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer" that they feel they are being "excluded" if they have not been put in the program as a interest-group, spotlighted, or recognized?

(Maybe that's not a very coherent question. Like I said, I'm kinda just puzzling about it.)

7 posted on 12/23/2012 5:03:51 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts. - Joe Friday)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Its hard to be gay and smiling with papilloma warts perirectally and an anal fistula.


8 posted on 12/23/2012 5:04:54 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Salman
Homosexuality is not in accordance with Judaism. And I am putting that mildly: Leviticus 20:13
9 posted on 12/23/2012 5:19:10 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: 2banana

and Ortho Jews voted Romney.


10 posted on 12/23/2012 5:23:27 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

They want to babysit your children.


11 posted on 12/23/2012 5:31:34 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: hecht

I kind’a doubt that. But if it’s true, all may be lost, indeed.

This from a believing Noachide.


12 posted on 12/23/2012 10:30:50 PM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug

The wifi I’m using wont let me go back on my posts, but I posted about a month ago a map by the NYT showing Romney winning all the Ortho neighborhoods in nyc


13 posted on 12/24/2012 1:41:16 PM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: onedoug; hecht

http://matzav.com/orthodox-jews-voted-90-for-romney


14 posted on 12/24/2012 9:59:57 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: dforest

LOL!!!!!


15 posted on 12/25/2012 3:26:26 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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16 posted on 12/25/2012 6:37:09 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: Salman

NO.
That’s all.
Just...NO.


17 posted on 12/25/2012 6:47:55 AM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: SJackson

All the leaders of these “Jewish” groups can bend over and take one for the team.


18 posted on 12/25/2012 9:53:28 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: hecht

Orthodox Jews, of course, were not invited. Can’t have those people thinking they belong.


19 posted on 12/25/2012 11:46:15 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: GladesGuru
Heblews!? LOL! Now that's funny!
20 posted on 12/25/2012 12:06:41 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Salman

Placemark


21 posted on 01/02/2013 6:10:22 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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