North American Organizations

JQ International

JQlogo-Featured-1JQ International is a GLBT Jewish movement founded to create community and advance greater inclusion of LGBT Jews and Allies via identity building programs and services that embody Jewish values. JQ’s programming offers LGBT Jews, their friends, families and loved ones the opportunity to reconnect via specialized programming with a strong sense of self.
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JQ International utilizes years of successful LGBT Jewish community building to produce best practice and aid in greater awareness and inclusion by the community at large. Pride in a LGBT Jewish identity is established through a wide variety of programs and services developed by JQ to foster and strengthen leadership, activism and social action. Among their programs, JQ International provides LGBT/Jewish community resources, inclusion consulting, and highlights Jewish queer role models.


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A special program dedicated to highlighting positive images and stories about and for the Jewish Queer community. Featuring videos, news stories, and interviews with LGBT and Ally Jewish Celebrities, Leaders, Artists, and Role Models. Website.

LGBT & Ally Birthright Trip to Israel.
Specializing in consultation for trip providers in order to plan an itinerary and advise staff on how to make a life-changing experience welcoming and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young Jews ages 18-26. Leading an annual trip in partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ TLV2LAX program. Website


Gayranian And Proud (The Iranian / June 22, 2017)
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Jews join in to show support (Jewish Journal / November 22, 2016)
Workshop aims to change Orthodox LGBTQ conversation (Jewish Journal / September 21, 2016)
A Lesbian Rabbi Builds a Strong Network of Support for Those in Need (Out Magazine / August 6, 2016)
JQ Honoring LGBT-Iranian Activist (A Wider Bridge / May 13, 2016)
Hate at the Creating Change Conference (Jewish Journal/ January 28, 2016)
Anna Finds Happiness at JQ International (Cleveland Jewish News / December 1, 2015)
Beyond the Bridge Launched in West Hollywood (A Wider Bridge / September 4, 2015)
LGBT Muslims And Jews Break Bread To Find Common Ground At Iftar Shabbat Dinner (The Huffington Post / June 20, 2015)
Changing Times for LGBT Persian Jews (Jewish Journal / March 27, 2015)
JQ Honors LGBT Leaders (Jewish Journal / March 11, 2015)
JQ Trans Inclusion Committee Chair Kalil Cohen Wins “LGBT Hero” Award (JQ International / June 4, 2013)
JQ’s Trip to Tel Aviv Makes a Lasting Impression on LGBT Participants (JQ International / June 3, 2013)
JQ’s Executive Director Wows in First-Ever PresenTense LA Launch Night (JQ International / May 24, 2013)
2013 LGBT Birthright Israel (A Wider Bridge / December 21, 2012)
An Old Story finds a New Life in LGBT Hagadah (Jewish Journal / April 17, 2008)

JQ International LGBT Birthright trip to Israel – Class of 2013