Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Jews Are Conflicted About: Homosexuality

For those in the know, there are many different flavors of Queer. The acronym most often used to describe them is LGBTQ, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer/Questioning. I'm going to use this acronym as a divider for different Jewish Queer blogs. Instead of telling you about what types of experiences different Jews have, I figured that I'd let them tell you themselves.

TBLJ of That Black Lesbian Jew
Faith of SoQueer

Gay Ex-Choosid of Gay Ex-Choosid
The Gay Black Jew of The Gay Black Jew (for the record he is neither gay, nor black, nor Jewish)

can't think of any, but I know that they must exist
Jewish Bisexuals

Shoshana/Genevieve of Jewish American Prince-ss
LiveJournal Community of Transgender Jews

Jewish Mosaic

There must be more than these, but I can't find any with the magic that is google blogsearch. Anyway, recently Professor Steven M. Cohen published a study on how Conservative clergy and lay leaders feel about the ruling by the CJLS on the recent decision/lack of decision about homosexuality in the Conservative movement. Hence the "conflicted" part in the title. However, what people I knew found the most interesting about the survey was not people's stance on homosexuality, but instead the questions designed to quantify "observance." Professor Cohen asked a number of Conservative clergy about their religious practices, and the numbers were astonishing (at least to me). The most striking of these statistics was that only 37% of Conservative clergy refrain from turning on lights on Shabbat. Wow.

As Lon Solomon would say "not a sermon, just a thought."

I promise that I'll be less scattered in the future.


Jack's Shack said...

I am a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

Jack's Shack said...

Oops, forgot this:


The Pedant said...

Evidently lesbians totally hate it when guys say that.

Annie said...

I am actually also not such a big fan of that statement. While I know that Jack is kidding, some guy said that to me at a Shabbat meal, to which I responded:

You must love [name of sexual act] then. After that he let the matter drop.

Anonymous said...

Whoa- I had no idea about these blogs- interesting!

Genevieve said...

try http://www.jewishbisexual.blogspot.com

Faith said...

Thanks for the link! As a queer Rabbinic school dropout married to a nice Jewish gay man, I'm hardly conflicted though.

Also, lesbians do, indeed, hate that Jack...just sayin'.