Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken

Article excerpt

It's quite interesting being in two minority groups. Living in Los Angeles, I often forget being either Jewish or gay really makes anyone different. After all, 60% of the population of my school, Windward School, is Jewish. And although there may not be a similar percentage of gays in my school, there are many local gay politicians and showbiz professionals who are gay. Yes, many people joke around with me because it seems that we gays and Jews control the media and politics.

Like many kids from LA.'s west side, I attend a secular, progressive private school with a large Jewish population very accepting of the LGBT community. I came out three years ago, and I've yet to face harassment. Although I'm the only gay person in my gay-straight alliance, the club is thriving.

I'm a Reform Jew, which means I'm from a progressive sect of Judaism; we ordained women rabbis in the 1970s and LGBT rabbis by the 1990s, when ceremonies recognizing same-sex relationships in our synagogues became not uncommon. …

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