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Queer Readings of the Hebrew Bible

Karin Hügel published “A Queer Reading of Qohelet 4,9-12” in Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 28/1 and “Queer Readings of the Song of Songs” in Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 21 as results of her research into queer readings of the Hebrew Bible.

Qohelet 4,9-12 can be interpreted today as a queer countertext in relation to conservative exegeses of the biblical second creation account. To answer the question, which partners we need in order not to be alone or to be able to survive, Qoh 4,9-12 suggests also other models than an exclusive man-woman relationship. It can be argued from a queer perspective that a sexual relation between men is mentioned in Qoh 4,11: That two men warm up while lying, can imply that they sexually arouse each other. Within the framework of a queer reading Qoh 4,11 may also trigger associations about other, diverse, queer companions, who sexually arouse each other while lying. Various things can be associated with the threefold cord, which is not so quickly torn apart, mentioned in Qoh 4,12. Not only future children, as asserted in the Midrash on Qohelet, may form a basis for partnership – perhaps also queer –, affection and sexual desire also play an important role. It follows from later Jewish interpretations, namely from the Babylonian Talmud Qiddushin, i.e., bQid 82a, and from parallel passages, that Jewish scholars have not previously forbidden that two unmarried men sleep with each other under the same cloak.

Karin Hügel, “Eine queere Lesart von Kohelet 4,9-12”, in: Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament. An International Journal of Nordic Theology, Volume 28, Issue 1, Routledge, London 2014, 104-115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09018328.2014.926697

Because of its positive, exciting representation of extra­marital sexual desire – not only of a man, but also and in particular of a woman, the Song of Songs can be read today as a queer, biblical counter­text in relation to contemporary conservative ideas of marriage, which are still cemented through certain interpretations of the Genesis creation accounts. Queer is understood in a general sense as “against the dominant norm”. While woman is subordinate to man according to the second creation account in Genesis, the Song of Songs talks about mutual desire and a fundamental enthusiasm for human eros. The Song describes the attractiveness and beauty of the lovers and can be interpreted as a queer counter­text to Gen 3:16­19 in the second creation account, in which pains of birth and of agricultural labour are described etiologically as the consequence of Adam’s and Eve’s eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge. In contrast to the mostly androcentric perspective of other texts in the Hebrew Bible, the Song describes female desire from a woman’s point of view, even more often than the male protagonist sings of his sexual passions for his female lover. Paradoxically, feminine eroticism is celebrated, but also controlled in the Song, although the latter is never quite successful. The woman’s incisive self­assertion in Song 1:5: “I am black but beautiful” has become a locus classicus of the Afro­American civil rights movement, whose slogan is: Black is beautiful. This passage from the Song is open to a queer, anti­racist reading. In the Song of Songs, we encounter a different language of eroticism. Queer readers might be particularly interested in the Song because of its mundanity. This collection of non­religious songs among the otherwise religious texts of the Bible can be seen as queer because of its sexual innuendos and metaphorical, often ambiguous descriptions of sexual acts.

Karin Hügel, “Queere Lesarten des Hohelieds”, in: Uta Blohm/Márta Bodó/Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir/Stefanie Knauss/Ruth Papacek (eds.), In-between Spaces: Creative Possibilities for Theologies of Gender/Entre espacios: propuestas creativas para las teologías de género/Zwischenräume: Kreative Möglichkeiten für Gender-Theologien. Jahrbuch der Europäischen Gesellschaft für theologische Forschung von Frauen/Anuario de la sociedad Europea de mujeres en la investigación theológica/Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research, Volume 21, Peeters, Leuven 2013, 169-185.

The author is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam and an external member of ASCA, that is the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, and of ARC-GS, that is the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality. The provisional title of her dissertation is “Queer Readings of the Hebrew Bible” (“Queere Lesarten der Hebräischen Bibel”) – it will be written in German.

http://www.unet.univie.ac.at/~a9104666/huegelkarinarticleqohelet.html

http://www.unet.univie.ac.at/~a9104666/huegelkarinarticlesongofsongs.html

https://uva.academia.edu/KarinHügel

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Florida’s First Openly-Gay Judge Predicts Marriage Equality Will Be Legal by 2016

The rally drew a crowd of over 100 people carrying signs and calling for Florida’s legislature to legalize gay marriage in Florida.

“As a lawyer who closely follows this issue in federal courts across America,” Hoch said during his speech, “I feel comfortable in predicting that before the end of June, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down all laws across the nation which prevent lesbians and gay men from marrying their partners.”

Hoch, who practices law and mediates employment disputes, became Florida’s first openly gay judge when he was appointed Judge of Compensation Claims in 1992 by then-Governor Lawton Chiles. He served until his term ended in 1996.

In 1988, Hoch founded the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, and has served as the group’s president since 2006.

During his speech, Hoch also praised Palm Beach County citizens’ pro marriage-equality stance.
“More than a quarter of a million people in Palm Beach County voted against enshrining anti-LGBT discrimination in our state constitution,” he said. “Locally we had the votes to kill the marriage ban.”

The rally offered poster boards for gay married couples to make signs showing where they got married and how much they ended up spending for their out-of-state weddings.

In his speech at the top of the City Hall steps, Hoch called a reversal of Florida’s ban on gay marriage “inevitable.”

“Sooner or later, the courts here in Florida will declare that the ban against lesbian and gay marriages is unconstitutional, as the ban violates both the equal protection clause and the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The full text of Judge Hoch’s comments

Thank you Commissioner Amarso for putting together this afternoon’s rally.  And thank you Mayor Triolo and all of the Lake Worth City Commissioners for your support.

Back in 2008, Floridians voted overwhelmingly to prohibit lesbians and gay men from marrying our partners.  It was truly a sad day for our community.

But consider this.  If Palm Beach County was an independent state, things would be different.

Thanks in great part to your efforts, more than a quarter of a million people in Palm Beach County voted against enshrining anti-LGBT discrimination in our state constitution.  Locally we had the votes to kill the marriage ban.

However, since we have not (yet) seceded from Florida, lesbians and gay men in Palm Beach County – and throughout Florida – are prohibited from marrying our partners.

And unless 60% of Florida voters come out and vote to repeal the ban, we are stuck with marriage inequality.   That’s the bad news.

The good news is, the United States Supreme Court has described marriage as a fundamental right fourteen times since 1888.

Therefore, it is inevitable that, sooner or later, the courts here in Florida will declare that the ban against lesbian and gay marriages is unconstitutional, as the ban violates both the equal protection clause and the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

As a lawyer who closely follows this issue in federal courts across America, I feel comfortable in predicting that before the end of June, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down all laws across the nation which prevent lesbians and gay men from marrying their partners.

While Floridians might have to wait for that Supreme Court ruling, it is also possible that that marriage equality may come to our state sooner.

Here in Florida, there are two lawsuits working their way through the court systems.  The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Florida have filed suit in state court, which, if successful, would allow gay men and lesbians to marry their partners in Miami-Dade County.

Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the SAVE Dade Foundation have filed suit in federal court to force Florida to recognize those out-of-state, same-sex marriages which are recognized by the federal government.

We are honored that Palm Beach Gardens Firefighter/Paramedic Sloan Grimsley and her wife, child developmental care consultant Joyce Albu, are the lead plaintiffs in this  lawsuit.

Across the nation, the Attorneys General in seven states – Oregon, Nevada, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois and Kentucky – have refused to defend lawsuits addressing their states’ bans on marriage equality.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council is asking you to contact Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and ask her to join these seven attorneys general and refuse to waste taxpayers dollars defending Florida’s marriage ban in federal court.

Thank you.

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Biography of Judge Rand Hoch (retired)

Rand Hoch founded the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council in 1988 and served as the organization’s President until 1992. During that time, the Council was successful in having Palm Beach County extend protected status to gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in housing, public accommodation and county employment and in having the City of West Palm Beach extend basic domestic partnership benefits to City employees.

Rand served as Chairman Pro Tempore of the West Palm Beach Employment Practices Review Committee as a member of the Palm Beach County Ethics Advisory Committee and on the Boards of Directors of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Florida Consumer Federation, the Florida (Gay) Task Force, the Atlantic Coast Democratic Club, and the Palm Beach/Martin Counties Chapter of the ACLU.

Rand has also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee and as an Executive Committee Member of Gay and Lesbian Democrats of America. He has been a member of the Florida delegation to the Democratic National Conventions three times) and has attended thirteen Florida Democratic Party state conventions.

In 1992 Rand became Florida’s first openly gay judge when he was appointed Judge of Compensation Claims by Governor Lawton Chiles. During his judicial tenure, Rand served as President on Florida’s Conference of Judges of Compensation Claims, as Vice President of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges, as a member of the Volusia County Elections Advisory Board and as a member of the Editorial Boards of The Florida Bar News and The Florida Bar Journal.

When his term ended in 1996, Rand returned to his law and mediation practice in West Palm Beach.  Since then Rand has served on the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, COMPASS (Palm Beach County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center), the ACLU of Florida and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. Rand has also served on the Board of Trustees of Florida Stage (as Vice Chair and Secretary) and  on the National Board of Accredited Mediators of the American Mediation Association.  He has served as Chair of the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Community Advisory Committee and as a member of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Business Committee for Culture.  Rand is a Charter Member of Equal Opportunities Law Section of The Florida Bar and has served as the Section’s Legislative Committee Chair. He is also a founding member of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion of the Florida Bar and the Palm Beach County Bar Association Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

Rand resumed his service on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council in 2002 and was again elected president in 2006. During this tenure on the board, Rand’s efforts resulted in having Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, the Office of the State Attorney, the Office of the Public Defender, the Cities of Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth, the Villages of Wellington and Tequesta, the West Palm Beach Housing Authority, the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association extending protected status to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals;  the School District of Palm Beach County protecting students from harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression;  Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach establishing domestic partnership registries; Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority, Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College, the Palm Beach County Children Services Council, the Suncoast Utility Authority, the Cities of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, the Towns of Jupiter and Palm Beach, the Village of Wellington, the Clerk and Comptroller, the Tax Collector and the Property Appraiser extending domestic partnership benefits to their employees;  Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach, the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector implementing tax equity reimbursement programs for employees insuring their domestic partners.  To date, Rand’s efforts have resulted in more than 65 ordinances and policies being enacted to extend equal rights and benefits to the Palm Beach County LGBT community.

In recognition of his efforts, Rand has been awarded the Harriette S. Glasner Freedom Award; the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Community Service Award; the Compass Public Service Award; the Florida Conference of Judges of Compensation Claims Outstanding Service Award; the Florida Workers’ Advocates Outstanding Service Award; the Spectrum Lifetime Achievement Award and the Hank Godley Memorial Award. He has also served on two occasions as the Grand Marshall of PrideFest.

A graduate of Georgetown University and Stetson University College of Law,  Rand practices law and mediates employment disputes throughout Florida.

 

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RELIGION-BASED BIGOTRY AND THE SUICIDE OF GAY TEENS

(GayWebSource.com) Los Angeles, CA December 13, 2013    The Religious Right’s war on the LGBTQ community is well known.
Religion and churches should be where we go for love and comfort not discrimination and suffering. Far too often, too many LGBTQ people have been forced to leave their religious communities.
According to Faith in America, “Religion-based bigotry is not synonymous with bigotry. It is a uniquely vile form of bigotry as the prejudice, hostility and discrimination behind the word are given a moral stamp of approval.”
According to blogger Def Shepherd,  “… there is no shortage of respected Christian writers who also acknowledge that religion is complicit in LGBT teen suicides.

Christian author and blogger John Shore writes,

We very often find conservative Christians defending themselves against the accusation that the theology in which they believe–and specifically their belief that homosexuality is a sin against God—ultimately contributes to that which informs, motivates, and encourages the bullying of gay teens.

He later writes:

If you’re a Christian who believes that being gay is a morally reprehensible offense against God, then you share a mindset, worldview, and moral structure with the kids who hounded Jamey Rodemeyer, literally, to death. It is your ethos, your convictions, and your theology that informed, supported, and encouraged their cruelty.

Presbyterian minister and blogger, Mark Sandlin writes:

Oh sure…we [Christians] have “softened” our approach, saying things like “hate the sin, love the sinner,” but we fail to recognize that what we are calling a “sin” and the person we are calling a “sinner” are one and the same. A person whose sexual orientation is homosexual, or bi-sexual, or queer can no more separate themselves from their sexuality than a heterosexual person can. It’s like saying “hate the toppings, love the pizza.” It’s just not the pizza without the toppings. We just aren’t loving the person if we don’t love the whole person.

 

I suspect the “softening” of the language we use has everything to do with making us feel better and very little with making LGBTQ folk feel better, because it certainly doesn’t make them feel any better. As a matter of fact, the love/hate (emphasis on hate) relationship that the Church continues to push on this group of people only serves to push them into closets and into even darker places, which sometimes leads to suicide. The Church and its approach to this issue are at fault for most of the hurt, anguish, self-doubt, abuse and death associated with being LGBTQ. Not very loving. Not very grace filled. But it certainly leaves us in need of forgiveness.

 

It’s time we all stand up, speak out and demand the LGBT community stop being shown the church door and start being shown much more love and respect from the religious community.  After all, love is the foundation of religion. John 15:15 – “This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.”  No explanation needed.

Faith in America is dedicated, in part, to shining a light on and educating us all about the harm being done to LGBTQ teens by this “uniquely vile form of bigotry”.

It is a lesson we all should learn.

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For Many LGBT Youths, Home’s Not Where The Heart Is

(GayWebSource.com)   Los Angeles, CA   December 13, 2013   Yes, I know, life is tough all around but, believe me, the life of homeless LGBT youths is much tougher.

I learned of the living hell that is the existence of homeless LGBT youths while doing research for my independent film, A Place Called Home which is inspired by LGBT homeless kids.

Like most, I had, at most, half a clue.  Common sense tells us that being homeless at any age ain’t easy.  But, what I learned left me flabbergasted.

I thought I knew how heartless people can be when it comes to the LGBT community.

Right off the bat, I received an email from Patricia who didn’t beat around the bush. She wanted to know if the film I was doing research for “supported the gay lifestyle”.  My heartfelt answer to her was “I support loving others the way I hope to be loved and treating others the way I hope to be treated — which is the way man’s humanity to man should be. No matter what your sexuality is, the least we should be able to hope for, the very least, is the love of our family.”  It must’ve been something I said because that was the last I heard from her.

At the time, truth be known, I could’ve cared less.  I’d spoken my truth.  Looking back, I wish I’d had been able to maintain a dialogue with her.  Who knows what good would’ve come of it.

A friend asked if I was sure I wanted to keep going because Patricia wouldn’t be the only one who felt that way.  Quitting wasn’t an option.

Part of my research consisted of emailing politicians here in the US, the UK, Australia and Canada to ask what their LGBT youth homelessness policies and initiatives were.  I wanted to hear straight from the horse’s mouth what they were doing to help these kids.

Charities and individuals do amazing work, but they can’t do it all.

Disappointingly, the response most offered was “we support marriage equality.”  How does the legal right to get married help the homeless LGBT kid who is just looking for a safe place to sleep for the night? It doesn’t.  A not so clever dodge to cover the fact they had no answer or policy initiatives.

My friend was right. Patricia wasn’t the only one who felt that way.  Several of the emailed responses I received in return just floored me.

Jim Savage, National Leader of Australia’s One Nation party, asked me to “tell me what exactly is a LGBTQ youth!  I am afraid I have never heard of this before.”  This from the leader of a party that declares itself to be “the voice of the people”. What people, I wondered.  I gave the obvious answer – Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning young people up to the age of 23 – and offered to answer any questions he might have.

He thanked me and let me know that “One Nation, which is a nation wide political party does not have any discriminatory policies. We do not have any policies which single anyone out on the basis of their gender or orientation. Being gay is not special, it is just gay. There should be no special exceptions made because of it. 

My reaction was “He must be kidding.”  He wasn’t.  He was dead serious.

I politely let him know that he was uneducated about LGBTQ homeless youths in his own country and gave him a few statistics, and I did my level best to explain to him that special rights are not equal rights.  I’m afraid to no avail. You can lead a horse to water…

I next heard from Mr. “Ian fucken J” Nelson, State Director, One Nation Queensland. Yes, that is how he signed off on the email in which he referred to me as f***head except he spelled out the word.  No stars for him.

His response: “Just email these f*** heads back and tell them that that their ignorance is breath-taking! We don’t need nor tolerate this behaviour!”  I had to ask “What sort of behavior do you find so hard to tolerate? Expecting fair and equal treatment for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation and holding those who feel discrimination is perfectly acceptable accountable for their actions or inaction (i.e. the lack of legislative initiatives to ensure this equality).” 

Mr. “Ian fucken J” Nelson made it quite clear that he and his One Nation party “don’t care much for gays”.

They have no idea what life as a homeless LGBTQ teen is like.  As I told Mr. Savage, he and his voice of the people party “are more than happy to leave them to their own devices – often to die in the streets – while you act holier than thou and make your uninformed decisions with regard to their lives.” 

I couldn’t help but wonder if Mr. Savage and Mr. “Ian fucken J” Nelson would feel differently if they had a clearer picture of what life is like for LGBT homeless kids – if they knew what I now know.

Their initial step to becoming homeless is when they own who they are and come out to those who should love them unconditionally.  Probably after years of hearing “be yourself”.  What do you wanna bet they weren’t told “so long as your self is straight”?  …their first live and learn lesson.

I now know 40% of homeless youths are LGBT.  The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute estimate that to be 600,000 or more homeless youths across our great country. 

A study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found 46% run away because their families reject them, and 43% are actually shown the door by their parents. 32% leave in order to escape physical, emotional or sexual abuse. 14% encounter financial or emotional neglect from their family.

Do they just stay on streets?  Not all of the time. Some go to temporary shelters also known as another fresh hell or trading one hell for another. Take your pick.

When not being turned away at the shelter door because of their sexuality or finding a shelter that doesn’t have a waiting list for a bed, you’d think not having to spend another night sleeping on the street would be a good thing. 

Wrong. They are much more likely to be victims of violent attacks including rape in a shelter than straight homeless kids. The infuriating thing is most shelter staff either won’t or don’t know how to meet their needs.

Studies show that a significant percentage of homeless LGBT kids would rather sleep on the street than go to a shelter.

So, who has their back? 

Here in the US, Rep. Moore (D-Wis.) and Rep. Pocan (D-Wis.) introduced a bill to support LGBT homeless youth – Runaway & Homeless Youth Inclusion Act. It’ll amend the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act to prohibit discrimination against LGBT youth at homeless shelters that receive government funds and requires grant recipients to have the skills to actually provide the needed help.

In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded the largest grant ever to an LGBT organization, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, to fight discrimination against LGBT kids in the foster care system and, in the same year, the current administration released America’s first overall plan to prevent and end homelessness that includes homeless LGBT youth.

Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator of the South Australian Greens party provided me with their policy on equality for LGBTIQ Australians that includes a proposal to double the current funding for specialist homelessness services in Australia.

The other side of that coin is Nick Clegg, the UK Deputy Prime Minister.

Mr. Clegg stated in a very recent interview that “I’m glad to be a part of a government fighting for LGBT rights”. 

Do tell.

I wonder what his reaction would be if he knew Sarah Harding, Chairperson of Liberal Youth the Youth and Student Group of the Liberal Democrats (LibDem) and Richard Barnes, the former LGBT Deputy Mayor of London and member of the right-wing Conservative Party (Tory) have confirmed to me, in the words of Mr. Barnes, there are “no specific policies for LGBT youth with regard to housing or anything else”. 

Ms. Harding owes the policy absence on the Localism Act which puts the onus of LGBT homeless youth housing square on the local councils with absolutely no oversight by Parliament and no minimum standards or guidelines.

Since each Local Council determines their priorities and guidelines, what guarantees are there that all local councils do as much as possible?  Hypothetically, if everyone is left to their own devices, it is quite possible that Local Council A may do a great deal while Local Council B does very little.  And, what protection do these kids have once they are in a shelter?

Ms. Harding informed me that “Local authority, in principle, should have initiatives to ensure LBGTQ youth are not oppressed within their shelters. Charities and religious groups undertake this as a moral principle, however there is (to my knowledge) no law or statute that ensures they must do this.” 

The Localism Act states “Each English housing authority must have an “allocation scheme” for determining priorities. Reasonable preference should be given to groups such as the homeless and those living in insanitary conditions but otherwise housing authorities may themselves decide who to support and the conditions of support. People subject to immigration control cannot be supported. The authorities’ duty to homeless people, who are not intentionally homeless, now ceases if they refuse reasonable accommodationThe authorities’ duty to homeless people, who are not intentionally homeless, now ceases if they refuse reasonable accommodation.”   

Reasonable preference?  Reasonable accommodation?  Given there is no oversight and no guidelines or minimum standards specific to LGBT homeless kids, what assurances do these kids have that their needs will be met – especially in the case of transgender kids.

Let’s face it, by allowing local councils to determine policy with no oversight by Parliament and no minimum standards and guidelines ensures there is no consistency in the services available to homeless LGBTQ youth and no guarantee of protection in shelters should one be available.

What can they expect in the form of help when the area they are homeless in is extremely conservative or poor? Very, very little I would say.

It seems to me that Parliament and the Coalition Government have simply passed the buck to Local Councils under the cover of the Localism Act – an initiative that was passed while the Coalition Government of which Mr. Clegg is a member was in power. 

Mr. Clegg may be a part of a government fighting for LGBT rights – just not the rights of LGBT homeless kids.

The guts it must take to leave the only home you’ve ever known with nowhere to go.

As hard as I try, I just can’t imagine it.  Can you?

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A Queer Reading of Joseph

Karin Hügel published her article “A Queer Reading of Joseph: Jewish Interpretations of the Beautiful Young Man in the Hebrew Bible” in Biblische Notizen 157 as a result of her research into queer readings of the Hebrew Bible.

She has given a lecture on a queer reading of Joseph at the Winter meeting of The Old Testament Society in the Netherlands and in Belgium (OTW) at the Free University of Amsterdam on February 2, 2012.

The author offers queer readings of the beautiful young Joseph in the Hebrew Bible focusing on later Jewish interpretations of the biblical Joseph narrative. These interpretations can be captured under three headings, viz.(1) “Joseph being an effeminate youth”, i.e. interpretations of Gen 37:2 and Gen 39:6; (2) “Potiphar buys Joseph in order to have sex with him”, i.e. interpretations of Gen 39:1; and (3) “the beautiful Joseph ignores women”, i.e. interpretations of Gen 49:22.

Karin Hügel, “Eine queere Lektüre von Josef: Jüdische Interpretationen des schönen jungen Manns aus der Hebräischen Bibel”, in: Biblische Notizen 157, Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 2013, 69-99.

The author is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam and an external member of ASCA, that is the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, and of ARC-GS, that is the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality. The provisional title of her dissertation is “Queer Readings of the Hebrew Bible” (“Queere Lesarten der Hebräischen Bibel”) – it will be written in German.

http://www.unet.univie.ac.at/~a9104666/huegelkarinarticlejoseph.html

http://uva.academia.edu/KarinHügel

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LGBT Advocate Rachel Wolff sets rights theme to poignant poetry

Right to Live Gay: An advocate for LGBTQ rights sets rights theme and righteous commentary to poetry

THE RIGHT TO LIVE GAY

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE WHO I AM
I have the imprescriptible right
To pursue happiness-know love
To be me

NARROW-MINDED MALICIOUS FOOLS
American Family Association
Family Research Council
Focus on the Family
MassResistance
Liberty Council
Many more

THESE FOOLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PREY
The false prophets make profits
Malice rules: unpardonable sin
Preach-pray gay is sin – pray
The gay away

PROMOTE FANATICISM – BIGOTRY
Deny liberty – limit freedom
Mock Christian values
Broadcast myth-lies

LIBERTY COUNSEL DEFENDS
Unwarranted unjustified
Crimes against humanity
Oppression-Persecution
Defends a Homophobic
Preacher who’s lethal
Allocutions endorses
Kill Gay’s legislation

WE THE PEOPLE: BILL OF RIGHTS
Preserve Liberty: Freedom
Equality; the right to live
Speak up stop the hate
I have the right to live
Being gay is not a sin
This is who I am

THE RIGHT TO LIVE GAY ©
Amended:
Dedicated: GLBTQIA
Rachel Wolff -1/12/13

Editors:

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HISTORIC WINS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN MARYLAND AND MAINE AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WINS RE-ELECTION

Tammy Baldwin Elected First Gay U.S. Senator

(GayWebSource.com) New York, NY, November 7, 2012 – GLAAD today responded to historic wins for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. President Barack Obama won re-election after becoming the first acting president to voice support for marriage equality. Voters in Maine and Maryland affirmed marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This is the first time that voters in any state voted in favor of marriage equality. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin also became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

For more information visit http://glaad.org/vote

“Visibility and progress for LGBT people have grown under President Obama and now that momentum must continue,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “LGBT people deserve full equality in every aspect of American life and President Obama, in his second term, should take every concrete step within his power to make it so.”

Mainers United for Marriage and Marylanders for Marriage Equality joined national media in declaring victory for marriage equality in their states. Results of votes for marriage equality in Washington and against a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in Minnesota have not been announced.

“Voters in Maine and Maryland have shown that full equality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a partisan issue but an issue of human dignity,” said Graddick. “The claims made by anti-gay activists that voters would never embrace marriage for gay and lesbian couples could not be further from the truth. Across lines of politics, race, religion and gender, voters in Maryland and Maine today demonstrated that marriage equality is becoming a real part of American history.”

In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

“Tonight, Tammy Baldwin made history and shone a bright light across America.  No longer is the United States Senate a place for only a select few but for every citizen, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans,” said Graddick. “Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation.”

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Local Pastor Calls For Death of Queers & Homosexuals

(GayWebSource.com) A North Carolina pastor identified on YouTube as Charles L. Worley of  the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., goes on in this video to condemn President Obama’s much-publicized endorsement of same-sex marriage while calling for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off.   “I am not going to vote for a baby killer and homosexual lover”.  To date the video has received 1,160,425 visit.  Noticeably the comments area of the video was shut off.  The video reportedly was filmed on May 13, 2012 and got a lot of media coverage.

The Rev. Worley goes on to suggest we should, “Build a great, big, large fence , 150 or 100 mile long, put all the lesbians in there”.   “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out.  Do you know why? They can’t reproduce!”

In the background of the video you can hear his church followers cheering his words of wisdom.  Really wisdom.. did I just call it that.  Because of people like the Rev, this is the reason church should be separated from state.  Maybe people like the Rev. should be locked up in that fence he mentions to make sure they Can Not procreate more dumb-ass kids that will be taught this type of hate.

You can visit the Youtube.com page the above videos are from here.

In addition we found twos videos from CNN.com where they interview Rev. Welton Gaddy, President of Interfaith Alliance, who rebukes Pastor Worley anti-gay sermon as a distorted, hateful message.  He basically says Rev Charles L. Worley un-christian and un-American.  The other video they try to Interview The Pastor but that does not go so well, but you will learn from watching it that his church members are just ask hateful as he is.  Watch the video below.

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Parents Should ‘Punch’ Gay-Acting Children, Says Pastor Sean Harris

(GayWebSource.com) Are you a parent?  Do You want to Get The Gayness out of your kid?  We found a Rev. who can help you.  Pastor Sean Harris suggest..  “So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,’ you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.”  Here is some more parenting tips from the pastor.

This is a video that was posted by The Young Turks on their Youtube.com page.  Their page also states a good post about this at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/north-carolina-pastor-sea_n_1468618.html  I later found a CNN.com post on youtube where they interview the pastor about his sermon:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Yaf6RbvcY&feature=related

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