So I made a thing because I hadn’t seen one made yet.If one was made I’ll just delete this one.
If there is one thing tumblr is really good at it is tumblr bombing petitions and polls.
So let’s tumblr bomb this for ourselves and our fellow users.
REBLOG IF YOU SUPPORT THE QUEER COMMUNITY.
Jewish LGBT Organizations——From the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion
About this group:It is an interpretation that any Jewish child with a crayon can tell you: that the Star of David contains, within it, the triangle. For those of us…who would a generation ago have been wearing the pink triangle as a badge of shame and a mark of death…it is time to complete the outline of your Jewish star.
Let us learn that God’s image is reflected in each and every face. Let us not add to our heartache by separating or by letting ourselves be separated from the Jewish people. As Jews, together, let us search through the Torah, the written Torah and the Torah of life, to find those affirmations for which we yearn.
Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler ‘zl,
President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (1989)
The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation (IJSO) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is a unique entity within the Jewish community with its explicit mission of preparing Jewish leadership with the capacity, compassion and skills to change congregational attitudes, policies, and, indeed, Jewish society so as to include each and every Jew, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. By encouraging dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues among the organizational arms of the Reform Movement in the United States, Israel and the rest of the world, as well as with local and national educational and social service organizations, the Institute will create a unique space where Jewish tradition, ethics and values combine in the spirit of social justice, holiness and community.
The mission of the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation is driven by Jewish religious values and the spiritual quest for holiness. The Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation seeks:
The IJSO is unique in its place at the juncture of academia and professional training at the heart of the Reform movement’s educational matrix, where Jewish traditions and ethics combine in the spirit of social justice, holiness and community. It is also a responsibility that we plan to live up to.
- To achieve complete inclusion, integration and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in congregations and communities.
- To train and empower Jewish professionals, educate students, and support scholars and researchers in their quest to develop a theology and practice of inclusion.
- To encourage dialogue between constituent organizations within the Reform movement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics.
- To foster collaboration with community based educational and social service organizations to further our mission.
- To grow the Jeff Herman Virtual Resource Center (JHVRC) and develop new resources including a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender liturgy and ritual.
- To organize workshops and academic conferences and develop curriculum modules to be implemented within the HUC-JIR academic program.
- (from left) Pat Dwyer and Stephen Mosherin Vermont. Photos by Allan Piper
There is a tender moment in the trailer for the upcoming documentary Married and Counting where Stephen Mosher turns to his lover, Pat Dwyer, and with soulful eyes, tells him how he feels about his own father not wanting to attend their upcoming wedding ceremony.
“If I am a criminal, he would come visit me in jail,” Mosher reflects, “but as a happy, free gay man, he won’t come to my wedding.”
It’s a revealing admission, and one that suggests that the road ahead for marriage equality may still seem like a long and twisted one. But that hasn’t deterred Dwyer and Mosher from making a bold statement:
That same-sex marriage really ought to be legalized in all states. True, many have already picked up that bullhorn to shout that message loud and proud, but nobody seems to getting it across in quite the unique way these two are. Months before their upcoming 25th anniversary as committed partners (April 26), they gave birth to a provocative idea: why not marry each other in every state where gay marriage is legal? Better still, why not shoot a documentary about it?
Dubbed Married and Counting, the doc is being filmed by Allan Piper, who directed the award-winning indie comedy, Starving Artist, and is now the Lead Editor on the shows What Not To Wear and Tim Gunn’s Guide To Style.
“Part of the motivation to do this was to make a political statement,” Piper says of the work-in-progress. “Pat and Stephen started doing things on their own, and then when I heard about the project, I thought I would love to be involved in this, because it is so important. As a straight, divorced man, it’s beautiful to see two people that love each other so much and have really been so true to the principles of marriage for so many years.”
Since December of last year, the “marriage tour” has hit Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachusetts, California (see below) and Connecticut. Each wedding has taken on a certain vibe and has been filled with the couple’s close friends, and friends of friends. Mostly, thoughts about relationships and love are shared.
Meanwhile. Dwyer, an actor, and Mosher, a photographer whose popular coffee-table page-turner, “Sweater Book,” continues to generate buzz, now have their sights set on their anniversary wedding, which takes place on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on April 26.
That would be the seventh wedding for the duo. They plan to marry again in the next state that legalizes same-sex marriage. As for the doc, Piper plans to wrap up it later this year.
The Advocate: Fill us in on the backstory. What sparked the decision for you two to launch ‘the wedding tour?’
Stephen Mosher: It came from a wise crack at a party one night. The subject of marriage equality came up. New York had taken it off the table. Everyone was talking about the fact that, well, it wasn’t going to happen in New York this year, and I looked at Pat, and I said, ‘You know, we should just go to every single state where gay marriage is legal and get married there.’ And then Pat said, ‘And then we can sue the Unites States government for the money we spend doing it.’ And everybody laughed and that was the joke for a while.
Pat Dwyer: But the seed got planted.
How long ago was that?
Pat: That was probably a year ago. Prior to that we had been wondering how to celebrate our 25th anniversary [April 26]. We thought we could have a big party or that same-sex marriage would be legal here in New York, but between New York not having marriage equality, we had to rethink the idea.
Stephen: We thought we could do one state a month, that way we’d have a wedding every month up until the 26th of April—Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut and California. California was a protest wedding because they had legalized gay marriage, and then they didn’t have it, and then they had it for a minute, and then they didn’t have it. One day, they will make up their mind and have it again.
Pat: We also had very close friends that we consider family in California. Plus, we decided that wedding would be a ‘protest’ against Prop 8.
Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory
About 9 million people across the United States identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a UCLA study released Thursday.
A friend’s final / thesis project for film. There’s an interview with me in this film, along with some special surprise guests—for all you queer theory nerds out there!
Follow the project, the finished product should be out within the next few months!
“The purpose of this film is not to preach, lecture, whine, or impose a set of beliefs.
What I hope to accomplish through this film is to get people asking questions.
What is gender? What is really a woman? a man? masculine? feminine? How have we perpetuated this gender system? Why?? And most importantly - what can be done about it now?
In order to address the truly complex and diverse nature of our gender-nonconforming population, I need your help. I’ve been conducting extensive research and will continue to do so for the entire year, but nothing compares to the collaboration of multiple perspectives.”
You can be trans and love your body <3
Check out the music video promo! Featuring Janelle Monae’s ‘Cold War.’
performer - kaia hambaro
cinematographer - ashley ruben
gaffers/lighting - anabelle vo & elliot davoren
concept - kaia hambaro & rae cox (fka: rachel deangelo)
editor/producer/director - rae cox (fka: rachel deangelo)