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The Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey, interviewed a few Orthodox Jewish women in Brooklyn. She asked these moms what they would do if they had a gay child.
Oh my! The pathological denial was astounding. They sat there befuddled and then dissembled as if they were fundamentalist Christians. Maybe this is wishful thinking, but after all the Jews have endured, the last thing I would expect is for them to insult another beleaguered minority by pretending that LGBT people do not exist in their community. Has history taught us nothing?
This astounding bury-your-head-in-the-sand mentality is so early-1970’s. Get with it. There are TONS of gay Orthodox Jews in this world — even in Brooklyn.
I think that Oprah or Lisa Ling should interview Chaim Levin, a gay man who grew up in the Orthodox Jewish Community. Levin wrote a letter to Oprah today that I hope she or her producers check out.