Pride month is here — a time when many members of our LBGTQ+ community celebrate being part of an inclusive global movement where we can unapologetically be ourselves. But this year for many LGBTQ Jews, the joyous festivities will be overshadowed by rampant anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism experienced in queer spaces since Oct. 7.

In recent years, transgender and queer people of color have fought tirelessly for a more inclusive community, demanding systemic changes to LGBTQ institutions around equity and inclusion, and symbolically bringing us the progress flag. Against this spirit of inclusion, it has become more difficult to be openly and unapologetically Jewish in LGBTQ circles. This crisis is overdue for a response: LGBTQ leaders must ensure that everyone is welcome in our movement or risk threatening the progress and values we have fought for over decades.

Washington Blade
June 6, 2024

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