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Talking My Way In

Reflections on the Journey of a Lesbian Feminist Queer Rabbi

Elli Tikvah Sarah

LGBT rabbis by Leo Baeck College on 23 June 2014. 1 The day was an acknowledgement of the achievement of the college – and also of the two lesbian rabbis, Sheila Shulman, z’l, and myself, who had set LBC on a new path, not just twenty-five years ago

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Hadley Z. Renkin

Violent attacks on gay and lesbian activities in the public sphere, coupled with verbal aggression against sexual minorities by right-wing politicians in Hungary and other postsocialist countries, illustrate the centrality of sexuality in questions of postsocialist transition. This article discusses the limits of current scholarly interpretations of homophobia in postsocialist countries. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork on LGBT activism in Hungary, it argues that by undertaking public projects that assert multiple forms of identity and community, LGBT people, although often portrayed as passive objects of the changing configurations of power of Hungary's transition, have raised a radical challenge to traditional imaginings of the boundaries between national and transnational meanings. It is this challenge—the proposal of a “queering” of belonging—to which right-wing, nationalist actors have responded with public violence.

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Nadzeya Husakouskaya

The article studies the emergence of the transgender phenomenon within LGB activism in contemporary Ukraine in relation to an ongoing geopolitical process of Europeanisation, which involves negotiations over the country’s belonging to Europe. The article is based on PhD research (2013–2018) and has borrowed from governmentality studies and also from literature about the Europeanisation process. It pays particular attention to the instrumentalisation of sexual diversity and the transfer of ideas from Western to Eastern Europe. Using data from field research, the article brings to light the discrepancies between the globalised frameworks for LGBT activism and localised meanings and practices.

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Secret Years

Hungarian Lesbian Herstory, 1950s–2000s

Anna Borgos

The article explores the personal narratives of middle-aged and elderly Hungarian lesbian women based on oral history interviews. The stories open a window into the Kádár era from a special perspective, allowing us to get a glimpse into the women's self-recognition and coming out process; their different (sexual, professional or maternal) identities, relationships, informal social scenes, and communities; their thinking about gender roles, as well as the available representations of lesbians over the decades. The women also discuss the freedom and greater visibility—as complex as it was—that came after the democratic transition. The article contributes more detailed knowledge about the situation of LGBT people in the region during the state socialist period and around the 1989 regime change.

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Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah

brought all of who she was as a lesbian, a radical feminist, a teacher and a writer to her rabbinate in every context. In 1990, together with a group of lesbian friends, Sheila founded Beit Klal Yisrael (BKY), the first synagogue to be a home for LGBT Jews

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Sanaz Nasirpour

://shabakeh.de Germany Farsi Iranian women Iranian Women’s Network Association Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO) www.irqo.org Canada Bilingual/English and Farsi LGBT community Non-profit organisation Iranian Women’s Solidarity www.iran-women-solidarity.net Activists in

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Allison Macleod

evidence of Scotland’s largely supportive social climate and recent developments in Scottish LGBTQ culture. In 2014 same-sex marriage was legalized in Scotland and since 2005 Scotland has celebrated LGBT History Month with events, activities, and

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Henry Dyson

and deep understanding of Hebrew biblical exegesis revealed his lifelong relationship with the text and a twentieth-century Jew’s response to it. When chairing an LGBT meeting in which a group of Evangelical Christians interrupted the speaker and

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Chiara Bonfiglioli

emancipation, and continued in the 1980s and 1990s with grassroots activist campaigns, first against gender violence and for LGBT rights, then against war and nationalist hatred. Feminist scholars of different generations are thus reclaiming their complex

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Dancing in Solidarity and Dissent

JCM 2015, Wuppertal

Mark L. Solomon

Biblical criticism I became convinced that laws and beliefs which condemn human nature and consign people – women, non-Jewish, disabled, LGBT – to second-class status or worse were evil, anti-human and anti-divine, creations of patriarchal, abusive power