Tu B’Av was once a day when unwed women of Jerusalem dressed in white and congregated in local vineyards to dance in the name of finding love (also, something about a grape harvest). Since then, the day has developed into what we know in 2015 as the Jewish Valentine’s Day – a time to celebrate love in any form and any stage, while wearing any color. Still, as I think about this upcoming Tu B’Av, I wonder about those women in white.
This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declared that workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees is barred, citing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
On June 26th, the United States’ LGBT+ community and its allies celebrated a monumental victory when same-sex marriage was deemed a constitutional right in all 50 states. Across the country, streets filled with rainbow flags and celebratory chants that could be heard for miles. While this is certainly a time for celebration, I hope allies of the LGBT+ community are not too quick to move on to another hot-button social issue and call this one a success.