U.K.’s Chief Rabbi Publishes LGBT-Inclusive Orthodox Jewish School Guide

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Ephraim Mirvis, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, has released a guide encouraging staff at Orthodox Jewish schools to accept LGBT children. 

The guide is called "The Wellbeing of LGBT+ Pupils: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools," and claims that fighting homophobia is a “Jewish imperative.” Orthodox Judaism is the most traditional sect of the religion, and its practioners have been known to put children in conversion therapy camps and encourage them to marry outside of their sexuality, Advocate reported.

Censoring in education is common as well. London’s Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School received backlash from both school inspectors and human rights organizations earlier this year by blacking out LGBTQ content from their textbooks, reported the Guardian. 

"Our children need to know that at school, at home and in the community, they will be loved and protected regardless of their sexuality or gender identity," Mirvis said.


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