Monday, October 12, 2009

To be Jewish and gay

Orange Ribbon is JOY's GLBTIQ multicultural program, and so we present topics, or chat to people, about other cultures and how they interface with their respective GLBTIQ communities. Generally this is assumed to be different nationalities or ethnicities. But at Orange Ribbon we have always considered religion to be a "culture" as well, and from time to time have spoken with GLBTIQ folk from various religions, and how those religions have affected their lives.

This week on Orange Ribbon we go back and visit Judaism, and the history of Israel. It is several years since we last covered this topic. Our guests will give us a background to the Jewish state of Israel, what it means to be a Jew, and how GLBTIQ folk are accepted (or not...) within that community.
We will also take a look at the various sub-cultures such as the very conservative ultra-Orthodox Jews and how they perceive homosexuality.

And there has been some very recent publicity over a sad event that occurred in Israel a couple of months ago which has created some heated discussion within Melbourne's Jewish community. We hope to get to the bottom of that issue, and to learn the current status and whether there is, or has been, a resolution.

Finally, a brief review of TWO support groups for GLBTIQ men and women here in Melbourne.

Join Hugh and Allan on Wednesday night, 7pm, on JOY 94.9 for this interesting chat.

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