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SpeakOUT Announces GLBTQI Speaker Training: April 26th & 27th, 2014

( – Boston, Mass. – March 16, 2014 – SpeakOUT, the nation’s oldest gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and allies (GLBTQI) speakers bureau, will hold its bi-annual speaker training on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.

“Our motto is ‘Ask Us Anything,’” said SpeakOUT member Julie Dorley. “We tell our stories, speaking from our own experiences and answer audience questions honestly and openly. Our approach helps put audiences at ease and builds greater understanding about GLBTQI lives and issues.”

For over 40 years, SpeakOUT has provided training in public speaking to build the skills of its volunteer speaker network – speakers who conduct informal, interactive speaking engagements in settings like high schools, colleges, businesses, churches, and community service organizations. The group’s mission focuses on using personal storytelling as a way to create a world free of homo/bi/trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of people’s lives.

The training, based on a proven format of sharing stories and answering questions, gives youth and adults an intensive two-day preparation for conducting speaking engagements. Once training is completed, participants choose engagements that fit best into their schedule. However, they’re not obligated to speak for SpeakOUT; many participants take the training as a way to grow personally and professionally.

During the training, participants learn valuable skills, such as setting the right tone, shaping and telling a story, overcoming fear, working with your co-speaker, and answering difficult questions. Additionally, training segments on the spectrums of sex and gender have been added to provide a better understanding of the bisexual and transgender communities.

“There’s nothing like the power of a personal story,” said SpeakOUT member Alex Lucchesi. “Whether you’ve never spoken in front of a crowd or speak publicly regularly, SpeakOUT gives you access to a unique audience that’s eager to listen.”

SpeakOUT’s Spring Speaker Training will be held at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at 450 Brookline Avenue in Boston. Training is $75 for both days with a reduced rate of $35 for students. Group rates and need-based reductions are also available. Space is limited, so registration is required. Please see for more information.

Calendar Entry

April 26 & 27: SpeakOUT bi-annual speaker training, Brookline Avenue (Boston). Training for GLBTQI people and allies who want to use personal storytelling as a way to create a world free from homo/bi/trans-phobia. Cost: $75 for both days. Reduced rates for students, groups and low-income individuals. Registration required. For more information or to register, visit

About SpeakOUT

SpeakOUT Boston is the nation’s first gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender speakers bureau. Since 1972, our mission has focused on creating a world free of homo/bi/trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of people’s lives. Today, our membership includes more than 100 volunteer speakers. We conduct informal, interactive speaking engagements in settings like high schools, colleges, businesses, churches, and community service organizations. Sharing our lives and experiences publicly helps us support those struggling with sexuality and gender identity – and helps us dispel stereotypes to create positive cultural change.

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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 in the course of her researches 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) “Potipharbuys 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.

Site In Maintenance – Theme Errors

Hello Everyone

Site In Maintenance Mode:

We are having some issues with the web site and I am working on it.  I installed a plugin yesterday to trying to speed up the site and it clashed with our system and took down our site.  I got the site back up but lost the design theme of the site.  I do not think we lost any content posted to the site.. just theme content that gives the site its look.  I’m working on it and I have temp put the theme to a basic theme as I work on the issue.  Please bare with us.  If you see any other issue with the site please leave a comment on this post.  This has happen to my entire network and not just this site.. so please bare with me.. might take a little while to get stuff back up.

Here is what happen:

Last night some time after 10:00 until about 4 AM EST when this happen you would have seen a message saying the site was suspended.  The site has a lot of features and uses a lot of plugins to run all the features we have.  Having so many plugins makes the site slow.  So, I installed a cache plugin on the site to try to speed up the sites performance.  This plugin creates duplicate pages every so many minutes for pages visited.  With this plugin, as you visited the site this would have showed you a page that might be 10 or 15 mins old and not current with content just posted.  This would in turn speed up the site.  Well the virus protection on the servers did not like how it was creating these pages and reported it as a problem.  So, I had to go in and remove the plugin and the files it created.  Most of these duplicate files created where in our theme.  it was easier to just delete all theme files and rebuild them rather then remove each one causing the issue.  So that is what I am doing.

Why is the site so slow?

If we remove all the 40 plugins that run all the features the site is really fast.  However then we lose all the features we have.  So I can speed up the site if I remove some of its features?


Human Rights Campaign Releases First-Ever Index of LGBT Inclusion within a Faith-Based Community

Benchmarks policies and practices among 200+ Jewish nonprofit organizations in North America

( – WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released today its first-ever index of inclusion within a faith-based community. The Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) provides benchmarks for gauging, and resources for improving, LGBT inclusivity policies and practices of North American Jewish communal organizations. The entire report is available at

Key findings from the index create a preliminary snapshot of how a broad range of Jewish organizations—from national umbrella and advocacy groups to local nonprofits and synagogues—address LGBT diversity and inclusion in three categories of practice: organizational inclusion efforts, community/client engagement and workplace policies.

An estimated 10% of the organizations invited to take the 89-question survey completed it, which is consistent with HRC’s experience in launching inaugural indices of this type. Of the 204 Jewish nonprofit organizations that participated, 50% received the top score of “inclusion,” meaning they are taking significant steps to welcome LGBT individuals and families. By contrast, the first year of HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates Fortune1000 companies on inclusion for LGBT employees, only 13 organizations of the 319 rated—or 4%—received the highest score.

The index also highlights significant opportunities for improvement, especially in the areas of recruitment and training. Of the participating organizations, 79% of participants expressed they have not targeted the LGBT community in workplace recruitment efforts, and 59% have not completed any diversity or inclusion training in the past three years. More work is needed to understand how representative these findings are across the broader Jewish communal sector.

Initiated by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, together with The Morningstar Foundation, Stuart Kurlander and an anonymous donor, the report aims to push the Jewish community to prioritize inclusion of LGBT employees, members and volunteers into communal organizations. HRC was brought on to guide the process of self-evaluation by creating a numerical index and survey that would provide objective, measurable results about organizations and make those results public to provide a mechanism for others in the community to hold organizations accountable.

“We are proud to help move the dialogue on LGBT inclusion forward in the Jewish community through this first of its kind report,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As times change, so do our places of worship and faith-based organizations. The Jewish Organization Equality Index sets a precedent for what we hope to see more faith-based communities do.”

Additional findings from the index include:

  • 98% of participating membership-based organizations offer same-sex couples family memberships;
  • 90% of participating organizations include inclusive terms in their publicity materials;
  • 75% have not specifically recruited LGBT individuals to their lay leadership board in the past three years (often cited as a significant contributor to increased awareness about inclusive policies);
  • 73% of responding organizations have a written non-discrimination policy;
  • 66% of participating organizations actively reach out to the LGBT community to attract members or clients; and
  • 33% of participating organizations with youth programming have a written anti-bullying policy.

Organizations that participated in the survey were from 26 states across the U.S, the District of Columbia and Canada, and represented a range of denominations, though no survey submissions were received from any Orthodox institutions. Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Federations and Hillels were among those with the highest rates of participation.

“This is an important moment for our community,” said Lynn Schusterman, Chair of theCharles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, speaking on behalf of all of the funders. “We applaud the organizations that participated and are taking important steps to foster LGBT inclusion, but we still have a long way to go until LGBT Jews—indeed, all Jews—are embraced as full and vital members of the Jewish family in every aspect of communal life. We have an opportunity to use these findings to truly commit ourselves to the vital but challenging work of forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity and equality are paramount. The question is: will we?”

In 2010, Schusterman issued a call for all Jewish organizations to join her foundation in adopting non-discrimination hiring policies that specifically mention sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Among the goals of the index was to encourage more organizations to adopt such policies, and in recent years, some of the largest Jewish organizations have done so, including BBYO, Birthright, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Jewish Federations of North America and Moishe House, among others.

The JOEI was launched by HRC on November 18, 2011, after consulting with leaders in the Jewish community, executives of Jewish nonprofit organizations and members of the clergy on how to most effectively rate Jewish nonprofit organizations on policies related to members of the LGBT community.

The report contains a number of resources, including a checklist of 14 steps organizations can take to be more welcoming and inclusive of LGBT families, couples and individuals, and an assessment of organizations’ cultural competency in delivering services to the LGBT community.

Timed to coincide with the release of the report, the survey’s supporters have joined with Keshet—the national grassroots organization that works for the full inclusion and equality of LGBT Jews in Jewish life—to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion and spread these and other tools for action. Visit the Tumblr site.

Led and supported by LGBT Jews and straight allies, Keshet offers resources and trainings to create inclusive Jewish communities nationwide as well as community programs for LGBT Jews.

“This report marks a milestone in the Jewish community,” said Idit Klein, Executive Director of Keshet. “We hope it will galvanize our leaders to make LGBT inclusion a key priority, and we invite organizations at any stage of inclusion to reach out to us for training, resources and assistance to make our community a home for all.”

About the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is committed to strengthening the Jewish people, public education in the U.S., and its hometown of Tulsa, OK. Within the Jewish community, the Foundation empowers young people to engage in meaningful Jewish experiences, build inclusive Jewish communities, connect with the State of Israel and repair the world.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, a global network of philanthropic initiatives focused on igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create change for themselves, in the Jewish community and across the broader world. CLSPN also includes the Schusterman Foundation-Israel (SFI), ROI Community (ROI) and REALITY.

About The Morningstar Foundation

The Morningstar Foundation is a family foundation which awards grants to pre-selected organizations dedicated to strengthening the Jewish community in the United States, in Israel, and throughout the world, enhancing educational opportunities for inner-city youth, protecting the environment, and safeguarding civil liberties.

About Stuart Kurlander

Stuart Kurlander is a philanthropist and LGBT activist. He is currently President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and has a long history of involvement in the Jewish community. At present, he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. He was also the first National Board Chair for Keshet and the Founder and past Chair of the Kurlander Program on Gay and Lesbian Outreach and Engagement at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, the first program of its type at a Jewish Community Center. He was the National Chair of the first UJC LGBT Pride Mission to Israel in 2005. Professionally, Mr. Kurlander is a Washington, D.C. Partner of the international law firm, Latham & Watkins, LLP.

To contact HRC please visit our contact us page. If you are a member of the media, you can reach our press office at: (202) 423-2885 or

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Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama

( – Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billie Jean King, George Takei, Wanda Sykes, Zachary Quinto, and Chaz Bono share why they’re supporting President Obama and why Mitt Romney isn’t the choice for them.

The follow video was post on Youtube on Oct 15, 2012 by  and to day has received 577,240 views.  It needs 100 times that.  We encouraging you to share it with your friends.  Please use the share button at the bottom of the page and help them get the word out.

Commit to vote now.

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( Updates to Commentator Accountability Project Include New Facts about National Anti-LGBT Activists Featured in Mainstream Media

New York, NY, October 29, 2012 – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today released new profiles and updates to previous profiles included in its Commentator Accountability Project (CAP). The project aims to educate the media about the extreme rhetoric of many of those who are often interviewed or quoted in opposition to LGBT people and the issues that affect their lives, especially in stories about marriage equality. CAP gives journalists critical context and information about these voices.

Profiles are available at

Next week on Election Day marriage for gay and lesbian couples will be voted on in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. GLAAD’s update to the CAP project includes profiles of anti-LGBT activists working against LGBT families in those states. The profiles, which include direct quotes or writings from the activists, have also been shared with pro-LGBT campaigns in the states.

“Media have a responsibility to provide context when giving platforms to anti-LGBT activists who are dedicated to making life more difficult for LGBT families,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “Voters should know that ads and talking points put forward by these activists are not fueled by facts, but merely by anti-gay animus. If the key voices on one side of any other issue were to consistently state that their opponents are controlled by Satan, influenced by demons, comparable to Nazis, or equal to pedophiles, those beliefs would absolutely be a central part of the conversation.”

As of October 26th, 2012, the current Commentator Accountability Project is as follows, with highlights listed here. Click each name to see a full list of key contextual points for that entry.

NOM: National Organization for Marriage – has been caught using divisive and race-baiting tactics to pit Blacks and Latinos against marriage equality supporters

MAINE: Carroll Conley – calls marriage equality “insidious and evil”

MAINE: Bob Emrich – says pro-equality legislators are “mocking God”

MAINE: Mike Heath – says the LGBT equality movement is “rooted in sorcery and it is a child of the devil”

MAINE: Paul Madore – calls same-sex couples suffer from  “unadultered sophristy and perverted kind of thinking”

MARYLAND: Harry Jackson –  says marriage equality is part of “a satanic plot to destroy our seed”

MARYLAND: Derek McCoy – says marriage equality is an assault on the kingdom of God

MINNESOTA: Barb Anderson – Says LGBT equality is “the greatest threat to our freedom and the health and well-being of our children”

MINNESOTA: Brad Brandon – claims gay people are using Bob the Builder and Dora the Explorer to make kids pro-equality because “Satan knows that if he gets the kids he gets the future. Even Adolf Hitler knew that”

MINNESOTA: Chuck Darrell – claims “medical evidence proves” that being gay “is a killer”

MINNESOTA: Bradlee Dean – has claimed that “On average, [gay people] molest 117 people before they’re found out”

MINNESOTA: John Helmberger – says it is necessary to vote against LGBT equality in order to “restrain evil”

MINNESOTA: Tom Prichard – equates being gay with pedophilia and infidelity

WASHINGTON: Joseph Backholm – equates marriage equality with the practice of bloodletting

WASHINGTON: Joe Fuiten – says “demons inspire people to believe that homosexual union is the moral equivalent of a proper marriage”

WASHINGTON: Ken Hutcherson – compared Governor Chris Gregoire, who signed marriage equality into law, to John Wilkes Booth, who shot Abraham Lincoln

WASHINGTON: Stephen Pidgeon – says the true goal of the LGBT equality movement is “about population control, and the goal is to get the United States to 150 million people”

Keith Ablow – compares being transgender to a person pretending he or she is a farm animal

Ron Baity – says that gay people are worse than maggots

Matt Barber – calls pro-equality advocates “purveyors of evil” and “satanic”

David Barton – says HIV/AIDS is God’s punishment

Gary Bauer – says LGBT equality has increased gang culture and deteriorated the black family

Brian Brown – compares the “persecution” he faces today to that faced by Jesus Christ

Michael Brown – says of marriage equality “the devil is moving forward with energy and aggression”

Brian Camenker – says “remnants of Nazism and the Nazi movement” have “been a focus of the homosexual movement”

Alan Chambers – says LGBT activists are following Hitler and Marx:

Chuck Colson – compared being gay to jumping off a 10-story building

Mark Creech – calls being gay “‘impure,’ ‘dirty,’ and ‘disgusting.'”

Candi Cushman – claims that “gay activists” are “infiltrating classrooms under the cover of ‘anti-bullying’ or ‘safe schools’ initiatives.”

Jim Daly – says gay people are a threat to civilization

Bill Donohue – says God smites faith communities who welcome gay people

Lou Engle – says the movement for LGBT equality is based in the “spiritual powers of death, the gates of hell.”

Joseph Farah – predicts that same-sex couples’ “twisted unions” will “bring down American faster” than anything else

Bryan Fischer – says “Homosexuality gave us Adolf Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”

Tami Fitzgerald – claims sexual orientation includes “homosexuals, bisexuals, and 28 other ‘sexual orientations’ ranging from pedophilia to bestiality.”

Maggie Gallagher – calls being gay “a sexual disability”

Jim Garlow – compared children losing their parents on 9/11 to children who have gay parents

Robert George – described being gay as “beneath the dignity of human beings as free and rational creatures.”

Linda Harvey – says the pro-equality movement brings a “decline into barbarism”

Peter LaBarbera – says “Only a decaying society pretends that homosexual relationships are morally equivalent to normal, male-female couples.”

Scott Lively – called for the criminalization of “the public advocacy of homosexuality.”

Kevin McCullough – says his inclusion on this very list, that you are reading right now, constitutes being “targeted by the Enemy, and I mean the Evil One,” before claiming GLAAD wants him dead

Albert Mohler – claimed that the earthquake in Haiti, like every other earthly disaster, reminds us that creation groans under the weight of sin and the judgment of God.”

Jennifer Roback Morse – says the pro-equality movement is “anti-human” and “Earth worship”

Penny Nance – says repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell proved that the Obama Administration is “not serious about the war on terror.”

Tony Perkins – says about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful…pawns of the enemy.”

Christopher Plante – says children of gay parents are in a “tragic situation” and equated having gay parents to having divorced or even dead parents

Pat Robertson – says an “ex-gay”-identified man’s “compulsion” to have gay relations is “somehow related to demonic possession.”

Rick Scarborough – says that the AIDS epidemic is God’s “judgement as a result of an immoral act”

Peter Sprigg – said “I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.”

Glenn Stanton – says children adopted by gay parents have been turned into “human guinea pigs”

Mat Staver – says that children with gay parents will end up “behind bars for committing violent crimes.”

Frank Turek – says that gay people are “trying to do the work of the enemy”

Bob Vander Plaats – calls gay people a “public health risk” akin to smoking.

Don Wildmon – says LGBT people have been “working diligently to overthrow the traditional views of Western Civilization”

Tim Wildmon – says it’s a fact that gays are “immoral” and “unnatural”

Patrick Wooden – claims Chaz Bono is under “the influence of the Devil, demon spirits—spirits of perversion”
Visit the GLAAD Commentator Accountability Project at and follow the Twitter hashtag #GLAADCAP.



About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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