LGBT Youth and Families
The Jewish community sometimes has problems admitting that there are any problems. One of the main issues that we tend to deny is that some of us have children who do not fit our expectations of sexual orientations or gender identity. Some of us are those children who so not fit our parents’ expectations of sexual orientations or gender identity. To some in the Jewish community homosexuality is morally and ethically forbidden. It is seen as an offense against God. The LGBT children in parts of our community feel ostracized and uncomfortable. They are dealing with identity crisis, familiarity with their orientation and coping with bullying in school.
No child decides to be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender. It is not a choice. It is something that God determines. Are we supposed to stop loving our children if they tell us that they are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender? These children have a hard enough time coping with the stigma that society puts on them. If this was your child would you abandon him/her? Beth Moshe Congregation offers the following list of resources for LGBT children and their families:
1. Jewish Community Services – LGBTQ Specialized Services
In partnership with the Alliance for GLBTQ Youth, JCS has a vast array of resources available and provides the following professional, caring services:
- Counseling for couples, individuals and families
- Teen counseling and support groups
- Educational seminars
For more information or if you know someone who could benefit from this program, please call JCS Access at 305.576.6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Youth
“The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth coordinates a full range of quality services through it partnerships to Miami-Dade County’s youth, families and their communities while advocating for equal rights and status of all youth regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth is located:
1175 NE 125th Street Suite 510
North Miami FL 33161
305.899.8087 Main Office
1.866.634.8087 Toll Free Number
Founded in 2000, Ru’ach is a havurah serving the Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in South Florida.
Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th Street
Miami, FL 33132-1095
Tel: (305) 573-5900