Online Resources

A Gay Orthodox Jew

Ely Winkler’s thoughtful chronicle of reconciling his Jewish and gay identities.

And If Not Now, When?
Ben Schneider is a gay observant Jew, recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied chemistry. He is spending this year at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. For a general introduction to this blog, check out this post.

Another Jewish Kid With Gay Parents
Started by a teenager living in a modern orthodox community with a married lesbian mom and a straight dad who created the site with the hope that teenagers with any variation of the gay parent/religious upbringing combination would find it and connect.

The Chalamti Blog
Discourses from the life of a gay Orthodox Jew, written by a young man. (“Chalamti” translates as “I dreamed” in Hebrew.)

The Dina Listserv
A place for male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals who are Orthodox Jews to meet and discuss pertinent issues. The list is also open to transsexuals who are no longer Orthodox as long as they retain respectful and positive views of Orthodox Judaism.

A listserv for GLBT Jews who are or have been Orthodox, or attended Yeshivas or Hebrew Day Schools.

Frum Gay Girl
I’m a frum gay girl, trying to stay within the Orthodox community. I just want to talk about what that can be like, for my family, for my children, for my friends, and for me…

Gay Gevalt
This website includes a calendar of Queer Jewish events, a blog, and a shop.

Gotta Give ‘Em Hope
Chaim Levin grew up Lubavitch Hasidic Orthodox in Crown Heights, Brooklyn New York and was often bullied as a kid. After being thrown out of yeshiva after admitting his attraction to men, undergoing “reparative therapy,” and attempting suicide, he finally emerged a proud gay Jewish man. These are his musings.

It’s Like Disapproving of Rain
A gay woman writes about encountering — and countering — homophobia at the Shabbos table, along with her journey to embrace herself, and her desire to have a nice, traditional Jewish family…with another nice Jewish girl by her side.

Started by an Orthodox parent, Kirtzono is an anonymous forum for participants to share thoughts, stories and new glosses on Jewish texts and holidays.

A list for Gay Jewish men who are Orthodox. It was created to have a place where Orthodox Gay Jewish men (including those who are “Frum From Birth,” “Ba’al Tshuvah,” Modern Orthodox, Datti Le’umi, Haredi, Hardali, etc.) can meet or talk with others who are currently frum (Orthodox).

Orthodox, Gay and Married Jew
The unique perspective of a gay Orthodox man, formerly married to a woman, trying to navigate his complicated identity amidst his family and community.

Jewish Pink Elephant
Ideas of an American Syrian Orthodox Gay Jew by Rich Dweck. Rich provides a blend of resources dealing with Judaism and Homosexuality, along with important modern Jewish issues.

Temicha is an online support group for Orthodox Jewish parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Tirtzah: A Community of Frum Queer Women
Tirtzah is a community of Frum Queer women who gather online and in person to celebrate and study Judaism, and to support one another in living integrated religious lives. Tirtzah has an e-mail list, a blog, and events in the New York and New Jersey area.

The “Tzitz Eliezer” Responsa
Beth Orens summarizes the responsa of the “Tzitz Eliezer” on the halachic status of transsexuals.

2010 Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews with a Homosexual Orientation in Our Community