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Aired Dec 17, 2020

Being Queer & Jewish

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, December 17. Did you miss it? You can still watch it!

Thursday, December 17 was our final episode in 2020.

We’ll see you next year — on Thursday, January 7 at 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT — for Something to Talk About Live!

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by emailing [email protected].

Article: Why I Came Out to My Family During the High Holidays

Source: Alma. 

Author: Rakhel Silverman

Questions for Discussion:

1. The author of this article used Jewish traditions to help repair their relationship with their father after coming out. What can we learn from Judaism about supporting LGBTQ loved ones after they disclose?

2. There are a number of assumptions and stereotypes about what support for people who come out/disclose looks like in Jewish communities. What are you seeing in terms of change towards more (or less) acceptance in these spaces? Does it match up with stereotypes?

3. Has the way that you and your family observe the High Holidays, or any other holidays throughout the year, changed since you or your loved one came out/disclosed? What would you recommend to LGBTQ+ people, their families, and their allies looking to create more inclusive celebrations?  

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