Aired Dec 15, 2022
This Year Hanukkah Begins Under a DHS Advisory Bulletin
Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 18, though coming together may not feel as festive this year. Anti-Semitism, attacks against the LGBTQ+ community, and bias-motivated crimes against other marginalized groups are making many feel unsafe as they come together with friends and chosen family this holiday season.
We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, December 15. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!
Source: NBC News
Author: Julia Ainsley
Questions for Discussion:
- Have you noticed increased levels of hate or bias-related crimes in your community? If so, why do you think that is the case? If not, what do you credit for keeping your community safe?
- Are you surprised that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made an announcement like this – focused on extremists inside the US rather than foreign threats? Why or why not?
- The DHS advisory bulletin specifically mentioned LGBTQ+, Jewish, and migrant communities. How do you think those communities are connected? What can we, as LGBTQ+ advocates, do to work in partnership with other targeted and marginalized groups?
Bonus Resources: Check out “Jewish security organizations and LGBTQ groups confront shared threats after the Colorado Springs shooting” from eJewish Philanthropy by Esther D. Kustanowitz and these resources from Keshet: For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life.
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Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.