The Los Angeles Blade covered Jeremy Lawrence’s Lavender Songs show that took place at BCC. The magazine highlighted the drag show’s message of resistance to the current government — just like the original 1920s show on which it’s based.
Nearly 600 rabbis representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish communities from across the United States and Canada signed an open letter calls on Orthodox rabbis to retract recent homophobic comments in Israel, and asks the governing coalition of the Knesset to immediately reverse recent anti-LGBTQ surrogacy legislation.
History doctoral student Samuel Clowes Huneke analyzed several police files from the 1940s that illuminate the limited toleration some lesbians found during the Nazi regime.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a pledged Monday saying he will work to protect the rights of transgender people as a member of a coalition promoting awareness about transgender issues and challenges across the state.
Organization GJLA is looking for Organization Director who will guide the work and growth of GJLA, including fund development, facilitating and implementing short and long term strategic vision and plan, support administrative and programmatic functions with an emphasis on cultivating membership, community organizing, communications and maintaining a culture of wellness.
Taking a break from fiction, best-selling author Maggie Anton takes her Talmudic expertise to bring you a short, 120-page, book, Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know What. Pre-order the book now
Leah Lax left her life in the Hasidic community of Houston — and her husband — 15 years ago after she came out as a lesbian. “It was really very shocking to the community,” she says. Not just to the Houston community, but to the Hasidic community around the world.
The Berkeley Free Clinic Saturday Services and LGBTQ Suitcase Clinic invite you to our Spring 2016 Training Series: Improving Healthcare for the East Bay Transgender Community.
In response to events over the weekend at the Creating Change conference, organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force in Chicago, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles partners with The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on an upcoming national LGBTQ mission to Israel from May 26-June 2, 2016*. The LGBTQ portions of the itinerary for the trip is developed by A Wider Bridge.
Hate crimes in Los Angeles County targeting Jews increased in 2014 from 2013, despite being at the second-lowest overall number in 25 years, according to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 2014 Hate Crime Report, which was released on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The new movie by Jewish director Joey Kuhn won Audience Awards’ Best U.S. Dramatic Feature at this year’s Outfest, LA’s LGBT Film Festival, it was announced this week.
Jewish CA Rep. Adam Schiff introduced a legislation with support from actress Sally Field, that prohibits programs that use conversion therapy on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth.
Los Angeles is among the 200-plus cities and counties with an LGBT employment anti-discrimination ordinance, but L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti says there remain “those quiet spaces where discrimination can live all too well.”
Los Angeles clergy and city officials, same-sex couples and heterosexual supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, on June 26, during a rally in West Hollywood Park.
A combined Iftar Shabbat dinner was hosted in Los Angeles by JQ International, for Jewish and Muslim LGBT people
Congratulations to Kol Ami’s rabbi Denise Eger for being included on New Now Next’s list of groundbreaking clergy members who were carving out a place for LGBTs in their respective religions.
“Coming Out to Your Jewish/Black/Asian/Latino Family: Being LGBT and a Minority in Los Angeles,” held May 20 at Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, writes on this week’s Jewish Journal
JQ International celebrated Norooz, the Persian New Year, on March 19, which opened a door to talk about LGBT Persian Jews
Photos from Danny Rose and Aaron Rosenberg’s wedding that broke the internet three years ago have recently gone viral again. What isn’t there to love about a gay Jewish wedding complete with unicorns, performances from Ciara, Joss Stone, and Psy, in addition to a Muppet-filled tribute video?
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , NYT 2015-03-15 — As a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in the 1980s, Denise L. Eger lived away from other seminarians. She quietly started a group for fellow gay and lesbian students, but held the meetings in another borough. By the time of […]
Leaders of the LGBT and Hispanic communities met Monday with the Israeli Minister of Tourism, Uzi Landau, to discuss sending a delegation to Israel to promote travel, commerce and cooperation between Los Angeles and Israel.
Brad Sears, executive director of the Williams Institute and last year’s recipient of BCC’s Humanitarian Award, a branch of UCLA School of Law, has spent the last 15 years encouraging policymakers and activists to forget everything they think they know. He wants them to consider data instead of turning to their assumptions.
Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers at a panel discussion moderated by Lee Wind called ‘Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?’
In a wonderful initiation, Liza Shtromberg Jewelry is throwing an LGBTQ Wedding Event, designed to introduce couples, and especially Jewish couples, who are engaged to be married, to local new vendors who can help making a wedding day extraordinary.
By now you’ve probably seen the ads for Hana Luv’s “Soiree” that promises “an artsy afternoon” in Los Angeles. Paintings, neon art, photography, jewelry, crafted furniture, Judaica and more surprises are on the agenda, in an afternoon that will also include lunch and entertainment, at the home of BCC Board Members Hannah Theile & Kenna […]
Will you … still … marry me? Lance Bass was able to pull off yet another surprise proposal on Sunday, Aug. 31, when he popped the question a second time to Jewish fiance Michael Turchin on the anniversary of their first engagement.
Fashion designer Edith Flagg, grandmother of the Los Angeles-based gay Jewish TV reality star who often appeared on her grandson’s show ‘Million Dollar Listing’ to offer business and life advice to him, has died.
Our friend Stuart Leviton from Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood and current President of Men of Reform Judaism, announced new strategic plan for MRJ this week.
Actor Jack Plotnick who grew up Jewish is on this week’s cover of Frontiers in LA, promoting ‘Space Station 76,’ his first feature film as a director.
Gay Jewish Los Angeles realtor Josh Flagg, star of the reality show “Million Dollar Listing” addressed his involvement in the sale of Owlwood, the 10-acre Westside estate that once belonged to Sonny and Cher (current asking price: $150 million).
Amid the latest development in Israel, West Hollywood political activist James Duke Mason wrote an op-ed on The Advocate about the importance of Israel to LGBT People around the world. Israel acts as an example of a pro-LGBT society in a part of the world where sexual and gender minorities are often persecuted.
Jim Neal, the 2008 runner-up in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary North Carolina and the second gay candidate in history for the Senate has never been prouder of our country than the morning he saw the rainbow banner and Old Glory flying together in Tel Aviv.
June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar.
Jewish Former Congressmember Barney Frank, who has been fighting for some version of ENDA for more than 20 years, appears on MSNBC’s The Last Word Monday night to discuss the latest development.
Wednesday marks the 15th year anniversary of one of the worst hate crimes in Sacramento’s history.