Pride Month 2013

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At the Boston Pride Parade, 2013.

For the month of June JWA is celebrating Pride Month with LGBTQ voices of the Jewish community. We are excited to mark the long and complex history of Jewish and Queer activists working together for equality. Jewish women like PFLAG Co-Founder Jeanne Manford, artist Adrienne Rich, and Congresswoman Bella Abzug are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Jewish women standing for equality. Like every fight, it has not always been easy. Strides are still being made, and battles are still being waged. Never the less, there is much to celebrate.

Keep your eye on Jewesses with Attitude this month as we welcome guest bloggers to share their stories and to explore the victories, challenges, and richness of a Queer Jewish identity.

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Josh Lutch

At the festival after the parade, my friend Becca slowly walked me over to the Keshet table. By putting my name on the Keshet sign-up sheet, I was stating that I can’t just be a gay man; I’m a gay Jewish man—my gay identity and my Jewish identity work together.

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Jewish GLBT flag, displaying from a Warsaw building

I’m not sure when I realized that the true Torah value is inclusion and acceptance of our LGBT+ brethren. Perhaps it was because my mom became close friends with a gay man who’s very active in gay social life. Maybe it was because of my increased involvement in feminism; after all, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest feminist organization in the US (of which I am a member), lists lesbian rights as one of its top priority issues. Or maybe it was just maturity. Whatever the reason and whenever it actually happened, I began to support gay rights, both within and without the Jewish community.

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