Remembering on World AIDS Day

The AIDS epidemic began slowly, but one by one, members of our synagogue, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, as well as many of our other friend’s friends, learned of their being HIV+. Our congregation’s Bikkur Cholim (outreach to the ill) Committee began discussing how our community might best respond. With gay men no longer able to donate blood, the women of the congregation began an annual blood drive and the men baked sweets and came to the blood bank to provide support with roses, massages, and hugs.

Posted on December 1, 2015

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Coming Out to Grandma

I never thought of myself as the type to lie to my grandmother. She’s always been my biggest fan. When I was the lead in my high school musical, she memorized my blocking so that she could turn her head for my every entrance. She never wanted to miss a glimpse. Today she can quickly whip out a photo of the brisket I made for Passover or the kugel I made for Yom Kippur break fast (both her recipes). She’s been known to show them off unprompted.

Posted on October 29, 2015

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Back to School: Help Bring Social Justice & LGBTQ Equality to the Classroom

September is just around the corner, which means a new academic year is approaching. But schools aren’t always the ideal space for self-expression, and for some folks in the LGBT community, that could bring on some anxiety. There has been a national push for LGBT equality lately, and you — students, teachers, administrators— can help bring social justice to schools.

Posted on August 6, 2015

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An Open Letter to Mom, From Her Gay Son

Frankie and his mom

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to write a letter to my mom thanking her for the actions she took after I came out. I have never told her how much it really meant to me. I have decided to put this online because I hope it can serve as at least one model for a positive way to react. I do not speak for everyone, but I know for me, she could not have responded more appropriately.

Posted on May 7, 2015

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