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Coming Together as a Community

Alison Walsh writes about the first ever meeting for a new group in the UK, “Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians”

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A cold wind in my face, lugging posters and “Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians” information materials down the dark street, I finally spot the house by the lights and good cheer.

Last Sunday evening, 25 January 2015, was a First for our group, “Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians”.

We had broadened the invitation for our meeting and were coming together as a community – parents, children and Keshet Activists- to relax and chat about what mattered to us as a Jewish LGBT community.

It was a lovely atmosphere. With the warm and generous hospitality of our hosts (I wish I hadn’t eaten before the meeting!); we exchanged tips on Simchas and derived support and encouragement from hearing each other’s stories.

Our journeys had been different.

What we had in common as parents was the nachas we felt seeing our children grow into themselves and find happiness and fulfilment accepting and expressing their sexuality.

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