Yom Shishi, 3 Elul 5774
Friday, 29 August 2014
Lesbian and Gay Jews and Same Sex Relationships

by Rabbi Roderick Young

The last half of the twentieth century saw an extraordinary shift in public and private attitudes towards homosexuality. With the passing of the Sexual offences act of 967 private homosexual acts between consenting adults were decriminalized and the gradual process began whereby gay men and lesbians adopted a more visible profile. Today being lesbian or gay is no bar to holding public office and there are openly gay and lesbian people working in nearly every walk of life, including the rabbinate. Today lesbians and gay men are raising children and having marriage ceremonies. Liberal Judaism is proud to have been in the vanguard of this change of attitude.  Read more