Weekly Round-up: September 8, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!

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TOP NEWS

A WIDER BRIDGE STANDS WITH DREAMERS. A Wider Bridge members hold diverse views that span both the American and Israeli political spectrum. But all of us understand the difference between compassion and cruelty. As LGBTQ people and allies, our experiences teach us to stand with all those labeled “the other.” And as Jews and allies, we are taught to protect the strangers in our midst. A Wider Bridge

A recently-discharged soldier found himself wandering the streets and sleeping on a bench in Azrieli Mall after his parents threw him out of the house when they discovered he was gay. “Don’t contact me ever again, retarded son,” his mom texted him. Mako Pride

Jay Martin, a top finance blog contributor who defines himself as “super gay,” ranked Israel at #14 on the most gay friendly countries in the world, one notch higher than the United States, that was ranked at #15. Insider Monkey

ISRAEL NEWS

The openly-gay Rabbi Mikie Goldstein was elected Monday as President of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement in Israel. Rabbi Mikie is considered Israel’s Conservative-Masorti movement’s first openly gay congregational rabbi. A Wider Bridge

Boy George’s Culture Club, the British pop group with a series of hits in the 1980s, has announce Tel Aviv performance on November 7. Haaretz

NORTH AMERICA NEWS

BAY AREA — 36-year-old attorney Asaf Orr from San Mateo is a Transgender Youth Project staff attorney at NCLR. “Transgender youth have taught me what courage and perseverance look like,” he says. J Weekly

CHICAGO — Ellie Spitz and Michael Oxman among young Jewish leaders and professionals to be honored at Federation Business Meeting. JUF News

NEW YORK — The surprise summer hit AFTERGLOW, written and directed by American-Israeli playwright S. Asher Gelman, has opened-up a new block of tickets through November. Broadway World

HOLLYWOOD — A movie about Megan Phelps-Roper, who left the viciously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church after a Twitter correspondence with Israeli blogger David Abitbol, is in the works. The Times of Israel

VIEWS

Haim Abraham, an attorney and doctoral student in law at the University of Toronto, says that there’s no reason to celebrate: The Social Affairs Ministry’s ‘new’ position on this issue is ‘Yes, but’ – the same old ‘No’ in disguise. Haaretz

Ahead of her keynote speech to the Board of Deputies, lesbian Scottish politician Ruth Davidson defended Israel and spoke about her ties to the community. Jewish News

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