Conan and ‘Transparent’ Give Israel the Normalcy It Craves

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The start of TV’s Fall season features Israel in two shows. Amazon’s  “Transparent” is largely set in the country, and explores issues of identity and sexuality, including the “Pinkwashing Machine” episode. Conan O’Brien has an hourlong special based in Israel. O’Brien uses his charming ‘idiot abroad’ shtick to poke gentle fun at Jews, Palestinians and mostly […]

Israel’s government opposes adoption by same-sex couples, so gay celebrities are speaking out

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Led by some gay celebrities, Israel’s LGBT community and its allies have launched a campaign against the government’s declared position, earning widespread public support. The Israeli media have been filled with criticism of the country’s right-wing leadership alongside accounts of loving same-sex parenting. Singer Ohad Hitman and his family. On Sunday, the government came out […]

It’s Increasingly Difficult to Be Pro-Israel and Queer

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Being pro-Israel at LGBT events has become difficult, LGBT Jewish leaders say, and at times the opposition to Israel has spilled over into making Jews feel uncomfortable about displaying their identity. For years, Laurie Grauer had waved a rainbow flag emblazoned with a Jewish star at the Chicago Dyke March, sometimes marching near activists waving […]

Reconstructionist Rabbis Affirm Full Inclusion of Transgender Jews

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The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association approved a resolution affirming the full equality of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals. The resolution was approved Tuesday at the association’s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, which ends on Wednesday. Non-binary individuals identify as neither male nor female. The resolution commits the RRA to work for “full inclusion, acceptance, appreciation, […]

NYU Jewish, Gay Community Shaken But ‘Strong’ After Finding Swastika Sticky Notes in Dorm

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A wave of anti-semitism in New York: swastika sticky notes posted on an NYU dorm-room door; Anti-Semitic pamphlet sent to gay New York state senator A swastika on a sticky note posted on an NYU dorm-room door. Photo: Anastasiya Muravyeva/Facebook. After being confronted by a swastika and “white pride” messages on the door of their […]