Jews Must Support The Trans Community — Our Lives Depend On It

Posted on November 19th, 2018
Becky Silverstein for The Forward 


The Facebook messages usually start with a shy “Hi, Rabbi Becky,” though sometimes it is more direct: “Can I ask you a question?”

They almost always come from the transgender and gender-nonconforming young people I know through my work with Keshet’s LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbatonim.

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Orthodox Judaism and LGBTQ Issues

Posted on November 12th, 2018
From MyJewishLearning


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.


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Igael Gurin-Malous

Posted on November 5th, 2018
From ARQ


Iggy is a proudly gay rabbi and spiritual counselor today and a fashion designer in another life. He grew up Orthodox and is tattooed. He has multiple homelands, and he thanks God for the New York City skyline. He’s comfortable in darkness and loves telling jokes. He studies Talmud daily and loves The Real Housewives. He revels in being a supreme hyphenate.

 

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VETCH: A magazine of trans poetry and poetics

Posted on October 29th, 2018
From Vetch

 

Editor’s  Note: It  is  difficult  to  introduce  something  unfinished.  Vetch  is,  as  far  as  any  of  its  editors  know,  the  first  journal  devoted  entire-ly  to  poems  by  trans  people. 

We  founded  Vetch  to  combat  a  few  problems.  The  greatest  is  silence,  a  dearth  of  published  work  by  trans  poets  dealing  with  trans  themes  (a  silence  which  makes  no  sense,  considering  the  trans  poets  currently  at  work). 

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When a Queer Feminist Professor is Accused of Harassment

Posted on October 22nd, 2018
by Sharrona Pearl for the Lilith Blog


We defend our friends. It’s natural. It’s powerful. It’s what friendship is all about. Certainly Avital Ronell’s friends— the most powerful philosophers in academe, for what it’s worth—wanted to defend her from the recently revealed allegations that she’d sexually harassed one of her male graduate students. The Title IX complaint by Nimrod Reitman  resulted in her year-long suspension from NYU.

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