Just a few:
- Rabbi Chaim Marder wrote a beautiful article in The Jewish Week titled “The Orthodox Community Must Embrace Its Gay Children.” It’s an excellent read and gives me a lot of hope.Thank you Rabbi Marder. Here is an excerpt:
Orthodox Rabbis must make clear to LGBT Jews, especially to those from traditional backgrounds, that there is no sin in being who they are. Though a rabbi cannot permit what the Torah has forbidden, he can affirm just how difficult this is. We must convey a belief that God, who made us all as we are, can only expect us to do what we are capable of doing. (If asked, we should offer halachic guidance in limiting behaviors. Other than that, what they do in their bedrooms is not for us to know.). And we must help them love themselves, and their families to support them.
At the same time, we should encourage LGBT Jews to live a vibrant religious life. We should make clear that they (and their spouse/partner if they should have one) have a place in our congregations, that their Jewish children are welcome as any other children are.
- The Mormon Church will continue its affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the end of the ban on gay leaders.
- In the DUHHHH category: The Jerusalem Gay Pride stabber was indicted for murder and attempted murder.