June is Pride Month

Though Love Is Kosher All Year Round!

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is proud to support
the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate Pride month!

 We're featuring Jewish community members who identify as LGBTQ+.

Jessi Quinn Alperin

Meet Jessi Quinn Alperin

Jessi Quinn Alperin [they/them/their]

Being Jewish and queer are my two biggest identities. Both my gender and my sexuality are fluid. Growing up, I knew I would be accepted by my family because my aunt is a lesbian. Living in Pittsburgh, like many other places, I have always felt that being a queer person makes me a minority in the Jewish community—a minority of a minority. To me, it is important to be both loudly and proudly Jewish and queer so that younger people and people who haven’t come out yet can look at me or get to know me and say, “Hey, I’m like Jessi, and they’re doing fine, so maybe everything will be okay for me, too.”

Ilan Magnani

Meet Ilan Magnani

Ilan Magnani [they/them]

I came out as transgender at the age of 11. At the time, I was attending a K-8 Jewish day school in Boston and did not know of any other LGBT+ students. I was an anomaly. I did not meet another (out) transgender person until I came to Pittsburgh. The Jewish institutions I found myself at here, such as the JCC, were more committed to inclusivity than any I had inhabited before, where gender neutral bathrooms only existed if I pushed for them (and pushed hard) and transgender existence was only discussed when I brought it into a conversation. One of the first things I noticed when I came to the JCC in Pittsburgh for the first time was a sticker on the wall that read, “Trans Jews are welcome here.” Even such a small gesture made a large difference in me realizing that my Jewish and transgender identities were not irreconcilable.

Jake Goodman

Meet Jake Goodman

Jake Goodman [he/him/his]

As I get older, I’m less and less concerned about how I identify or how others refer to me. I proudly am gay, proudly queer. I do identify as a guy/a man. (If anyone calls me a lady, I’ll probably laugh and love it, even though I’m not sure I’ve earned the honor.) Likewise, I’m proudly Jewish and don’t ascribe to any denomination. The only identity that really makes me feel a little weird is “Pittsburgher,” because I’m still relatively new here and had most of my formative experiences elsewhere.

Susan Blackman

Meet Susan Blackman

Susan Blackman [she/her/hers]

I came out as a lesbian at 42—prior to that, I thought I was just open-minded and disappointed being married to a man. When I finally understood myself, I was ecstatic (the marriage ended well, the kids are great), and I was happy to share my newfound identity everywhere. At Temple Sinai, I felt we needed to be a little more public in our liberal, progressive Judaism, so I worked to co-found our Pride Tribe. The clergy and staff have been incredibly supportive. We just celebrated our fifth Pride service and our second Pride seder. We have a banner outside the temple, celebrating the Pride Tribe. I couldn’t ask for more …except maybe a Jewish girlfriend!


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Pride Parade 2017

Love is Kosher: Stronger Together

While the Equality March is truly a highlight for many members of the Jewish community, we will be supporting from the sidelines this year, as June 9 is also the major Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

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