Buenos Aires Holds LGBT Jewish Event

LGBT Jews held their first global event in South America in Buenos Aires.

JAG, the organization of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transexual Jews in Argentina and the World Congress of LGBT Jews organized the first global event in South America, gathering participants from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

JAG is an acronym of Judíos Argentinos Gays that is pronounced like the Hebrew word for holiday, Chag.  The organization has been in existence for 12 years.

The first global Shabbaton and conference held last week in Latin America received support from the Judaica Fundation; the Jewish umbrella organization, DAIA; the Latin American Jewish Congress; the Buenos Aires city government; and the Argentinean Federation of LGBT.  The event was held in the country’s oldest synagogue.

Mexican activist and former vice president of World Congress LGBT, Luis Perelman, stressed that the starting of the movement in Mexico was anonymous and hidden. But five years ago, the Guimel Association opened. “It’s very important for the region to have this experience in Buenos Aires to show our case, to ask major institutions clearly if they support us or not,” Perelman, president of Guimel, told JTA.

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