Catching Up with Ben Rosenbaum

A network of LGBT Jewish D.C. groups are joining forces for “Oh Gaydel, Gaydel, Gaydel! 2016’s Queery Chanukah Happy Hour” on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 6-9 p.m. at Number Nine (1435 P St., N.W.).

Three years ago Ben Rosenbaum volunteered to chair Nice Jewish Boys and says, “It has been a blast creating a fun and welcoming community for gay Jews and our admirers or, as we sometimes call them, bagel chasers.”

The Boys are a social group for gay, bi and trans Jews in their 20s and 30s. For nearly a decade, the group has held monthly happy hours, Shabbat dinners, an annual weekend retreat and various holiday celebrations. Find the group on Facebook for details about its events.

Rosenbaum, a 33-year-old senior legislative staffer to Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), came to Washington nearly a decade ago to work in policy. A native of Pensacola, Fla., he is single and lives in Shaw.

Rosenbaum enjoys binge watching TV shows, taking walks, travel, theater, hiking and sports such as playing kickball with his Stonewall Kickball team, the Matzo Balls.

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell? 

I started coming out just after college telling my best friend since birth. It was a process over the next few years with family members, coworkers and friends. My dad was the last person I came out to. He’s older and I think it is still hard for him to find the words to talk with me about this aspect of my life.

Who’s your LGBT hero? 

As a gay Jew who openly serves a member of Congress, it’s hard to think of anyone but Frank Kameny. Fired from a federal job in the 1950s when it was discovered he was gay, he spent the rest of his long life fighting for LGBT quality so I could live and work openly.

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