Thursday, December 9, 2010

hate is the abomination


As you know I am a staunch advocate for equal rights across gender, sexuality, race and religion. My music often touches upon those themes in a personal way. Lately, I have watched as people from my own faith community
voice not only intolerance, but speak rhetoric against my LGBT Jewish brothers and sisters spoken "in God's name" - these people leaders of their own communities speak in the name of Judaism - but that't not any Judaism that I recognize or want to be a part of.

My dear friend whom many of you know from Storahtelling, Jake Goodman, co founded a group called "Queer Rising" to tackle these and other issues affecting the LGBT community. This week, please join Queer Rising for "In God's Name" on Thursday, December 16th (the eve of National Remembrance Day) in Brooklyn. It will be an opportunity for the entire Jewish community to come together to condemn this anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rhetoric. Especially given the recent news of all the violence and self-violence against LGBT youth, this is particularly unacceptable.

The information is below.
There is also an image you can make your facebook profile picture or post up in as many places you can think of.

In the VERY LEAST, please help publicize this event and spread the information as WIDELY as you possibly can.

Please don't stand idly by!

Thank you!


Date: Thursday, December 16th / Eve of National Remembrance Day on the 10th of Tevet
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Rally in Parade Grounds of Prospect Park (Coney Island Avenue @ Parkside & Caton Aves); then March up Ocean Parkway to 18th Avenue, through the historic Jewish Flatbush neighborhood
Speakers: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of CBST in NYC; Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum of Congregation Ahavas Israel in Brooklyn; a NY State politican and Jewish gay celebrity TBA shortly
Musicians: Shira Kline and Naomi Less
Endorsing Partners: CBST, Keshet, Nehirim, Storahtelling, The Power Online, Project ACHIEVE and Columbia University Medical Center, Jewish Chicks Rock.
Contact: Jake Goodman,, (917) 613-1509

For more information, please go to Queer Rising's website ( and check out our Facebook Event Page: "In God's Name"


Jake Goodman said...

Naomi, thank you so much for promoting this important event!

Some updates to mention. First, we have two new speakers to add to the list:

1. Idit Klein, Executive Director of Keshet (
2. Stuart Appelbaum, President of Jewish Labor Committee and Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

We also have 2 new endorsing partners:
1. Kolot Chayeinu (
2. OUTmedia (

I can't wait!

LauraX said...

I'm rolling with you down the road in spirit!