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UJA Holds Its First LGBTQ Conference

“I’ve turned gray waiting for UJA to make this conference,” said Shelly Weiss, a longtime LGBTQ activist. She was referring to UJA-Federation of New York’s first-ever conference focused on the Jewish gay, lesbian, transgender and queer community, which took place last month at the charity’s headquarters on East 59th Street. …

Gabriel Blau, executive director of the Family Equality Council, a national organization that represents 3 million LGBTQ adults and their 6 million children, believes the change Klein and Ladin talked about must start from within. “UJA-Federation is going to be a different place after today,” said Blau, who is himself a “proud gay father.”
He referred to the change as “queering the building.”

“The honesty with which people have been sharing and asking questions will have an impact,” he said.

Read the full article by Hannah Dreyfus at The Jewish Week at