Being Jewish while identifying as an LGBTQ person is a lot easier today, as more mainstream synagogues have become increasingly welcoming, but it was not always this way. Back in 1974, many gay and lesbian Jews yearned for a safe and nurturing place to worship in South Florida, and it was Congregation Etz Chaim that opened its doors.
It’s incredible that it’s already been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out publicly. The April 14, 1997 Time cover featured the announcement with a picture of a smiling DeGeneres and the simple statement, “Yep, I’m gay.”
We’ve all heard the lyrics of Lookin’ For Love (in all the wrong places) but there’s one thing we know for sure: If South Florida is where you happen to live, you don’t have to look very far at all to find love and romance. It’s everywhere! It is virtually impossible to avoid romantic spots in these sultry tropics.