Jewish LGBTQ People

This entry provides a brief introduction to Jewish LGBTQ people, exploring the interconnection of religious and cultural identity with sexuality in an effort to understand the context of living as a religious minority with a sexual-minority status. The LGBTQ community celebrates a diverse membership, and this entry, which is focused on the experience of Jewish Americans, is significant in highlighting a different aspect of sexuality against the background of a richly cultural, historical, and traditional religious group. Beginning with an overview of Jewish values and traditions, the entry continues with a discussion of modern views of Judaism and LGBTQ people. The task of managing multiple minority statuses (e.g., religious and sexual orientation) is also examined, and the entry concludes with information about dating, relationships, and ...

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