Former BCC member and longtime friend Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould gave an ELI Talk on being a gay rabbi. Watch here

Following a concerted effort by local LGBTQ activists, Los Angeles Pride will take on a decidedly more political atmosphere this year.

The new Trump administration has fostered a lot of fear in immigrant communities. Because of these concerns, the American Civil Liberties Union distributed a flyer (in English and Spanish) that explains what your rights are if you are stopped by an officer – either police or immigration.

Micha Thau, a senior at Shalhevet High School, spoke at Westwood Village Synagogue on Feb. 8 as part of a panel called “Modern Orthodoxy and LGBT: Navigating a Complex Reality,” alongside Shalhevet head of school Rabbi Ari Segal; actor and comedian Elon Gold; Westwood Village Synagogue Rabbi Abner Weiss; a clinical psychologist, and moderator Alexander […]

Author Maggie Anton will be speaking about “Talmud After Dark” at six venues in and around Los Angeles and the SF Valley starting tomorrow, January 18.

BCC member Sylvia Sukop, now attending graduate school in St. Louis, recently visited with BCC friend Olga Grilli in New York.

Rabbi Lisa and Cantor Juval Porat are both taking part in a program organized on the eve of the Inauguration, Thursday Jan. 19 at 7pm at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park.

American Jewish University alumnus Jacob Rostovsky started a nonprofit that subsidizes surgeries and hormones for transgender people.

Longtime Tel Avivian LGBT-community-favorite restaurant Orna & Ella, located in the chick district of Shenkin, is known for its unique sweet potato latkes recipe. Now you can make it at home, just in time for Hanukkah.

Cantor Juval Porat will be singing live this Sunday 12/25 at an event of West Hollywood’s Inspire Spiritual Community. Read the story of the community, headed by Jesse Brune-Horan.

Dr. Les Zendle was elected by voters (with over 23,000 votes on November 8, 2016) to the Desert Healthcare District Board of Directors.

A song by Cantor Juval Porat is included in a new Jewish compilation album called There is Hope. The album, dubbed a musical anthology for the spirit and curated by Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Menachem Creditor, is now available for a free download.

Implementing historic criminal justice reform, the Board of Supervisors appointed the first-ever Civilian Oversight Commission for the Sheriff’s Department, with a mandate to promote transparency in law enforcement and restore public trust. BCC’s very own Rabbi Heather Miller is one of the 9 people appointed for this important role.

Jason Stuart plays a slave owner in “The Birth of a Nation,” based on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831.

Longtime LGBT advocate, author, speaker and educator Ronni Sanlo spoke on campus at Fullerton College Oct. 6, 2016, at the annual LGBT Forum and played her documentary “Letter to Anita” for those in attendance.

Did the Holocaust really happen? Seventeen-year old computer nerd Beth needs to know, so in 2017 she becomes her own avatar and time-travels back to 1945 to accompany her 19 year-old great-grandfather Sandy through the last five months of WWII. Ronni Sanlo’s new book The Soldier, the Avatar and the Holocaust: WWII Germany, Jan-May, 1945 […]

Adam Kulbersh play Sam’s (Pam’s) dead father who only appears in flashbacks to the late 70s/early 80s. In the current season (aired on FX), he pops in and out occasionally.

Maggie Anton, author of the popular Rashi’s Daughter series, will discuss her latest book, 50 Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say about You Know What, at Jewish Women’s Theatre’s popular Bagels & Bestsellers author-brunch series on Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m. @ The Braid, 2912 Colorado Avenue #102 in Santa […]

BCC’s 2016 Harriet Perl Tzedek Award honoree Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, promoted LGBT visibility in Vietnam

JQ International is a nonprofit organization that fosters the healthy fusion of LGBTQ and Jewish identities founded in 2004. Two years ago, the organization launched the JQ Helpline, which their website bills as the “only resource and social service referral line specifically designed to serve LGBTQ Jews, their families, and allies in the United States.”

The work of Al Winn, who spoke at BCC several times and was friends with many BCC people, is included in this long-overdue historical survey of the AIDS era

On Thursday, August 4, police in Uganda raided a nightclub where an annual LGBTI pride celebration was taking place. In addition to brutalizing participants in the pride event, the police detained leaders of civil society organizations who are engaged in advocacy for the LGBTI community. This attack is part of an overall pattern in Uganda […]

Joel Simkhai, a Los Angeles- based gay Jew who is the founder of the most popular gay dating app in the world, Grindr, kicked off “Hack4Equality” on Saturday, to build applications aimed at solving issues within the LGBTQ community such as transgender visibility and economic empowerment.

Mediator Diane M. Goodman describes her approach as eclectic- tailoring it to what her clients need. Read the Daily Journal’s profile feature on Diane!

Local magazine Voyage LA published an interview with gay Jewish personal trainer Joel Harrison, who shared his story

There’s a critical overlooked fact in the brief release from Gov. Jerry Brown’s press office announcing out attorney Dean Hansell’s appointment to serve as a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles. He’s gay. He joins the approximately 17 other openly LGBT judges among the 430 judges serving on that court. But what makes Hansell’s appointment so significant is […]

Jeffrey Tambor, BCC’s 2015 Humanitarian Award honoree, along with his ‘Transparent’ cast, received Emmy nods for the second year running. This page follow the news on the cast and creators of the show to the prestigious Television Academy award.

Dr. Marsha Epstein and physician Mark Katz, MD, provide all the information you need to know about the recent concern over meningococcal disease among MSM (men who have sex with men).

From June 9 to 22, 2016, Larry Nathenson traveled to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. This was a UCLA alumni tour, with 26 alumni and family members accompanied in Denmark and Norway by Professor Arne Lunde of the UCLA Scandinavian Section. In Sweden, he was among 9 other people on the pre-trip extension, but that was […]

Ary Katz’s powerful poem performance went viral on social media with thousands of views within hours from posting.

On average, JQ International’s Helpline receives eight to 10 calls a week — each of which is forwarded to Bat-Or’s cellphone, where she’s on call six days a week — but just days after Orlando, the number of calls tripled.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Dean Hansell to judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The blog “Hearing Shofar” featured the work of BCC’s dear member Davi Cheng.

Rabbi Benay Lappe, who taught at Beth Chayim Chadashim, honored with the prestigious 2016 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. Rabbi Lisa Edwards: “When you change access to Judaism, you change Judaism itself.”

Rod has been involved in helping people with AIDS since the early 1990s and was president of Project Chicken Soup for over 15 years – so the AIDS/LifeCycle is just another form of help!

A good friend from college who is HIV+ encouraged Arbel to ride the AIDS/LifeCycle, and while seeking up new challenges he decided to form “Wheely Nice Guys” and become a fundraiser on wheels. “It was emotional, exciting, emotional, challenging, emotional, and inspiring. Did I mention it was emotional?”

Richard Lesse rides to honor the memory of those who can’t – and to prove that life doesn’t end at 50

Freedom to Marry founder, and BCC Award Brunch 2016 recipient Evan Wolfson gave a commencement speech to Northeastern Illinois University’s graduating class on Monday that explained the organization’s success and noted the fight for LGBT equality is not over.

During the month of May, World Congress co-sponsors LGBT Family Camp in Malibu and Long Beach Pride Shabbat dinner

PrimeMind magazine covered Yiscah Smith’s talk at Beth Chayim Chadashim in January