The Jewish Press published a groundbreaking op-ed by last week by Chaim Levin, who explained in the newspaper that he had been harmed by an "ex-gay" therapy program that had been recommended to him by the Orthodox Jewish Community.
The reaction to the op-ed by anti-gay activists was ferocious. According to the newspaper: "Following the publication of this op-ed, a number of Jewish Press advertisers were approached and threatened. They were told to stop advertising with the Jewish Press."
Instead of backing down, The Jewish Press wrote a brave editorial defending Levin's op-ed and boldly claimed that, "The Jewish Press won't be silenced."
Please thank the Jewish Press for standing up to homophobic bullies who want to intimidate the newspaper into omitting any positive portrayal of gay Orthodox Jews. They have stood firm and I hope the LGBT community will express its gratitude.
I personally thank the Jewish Press for publishing Chaim Levin's op-ed and for standing up to anti-gay bullies who want to silence the newspaper.
Clearly, these forces of intolerance don’t like free speech and foolishly demand that you bury your heads in the sand and pretend that gay Orthodox Jews do not exist. This same crowd also wants you to ignore the damage caused by “ex-gay” therapy and its devastating consequences including suicide.
I am extremely grateful that you did not kowtow to the loud extremists and blowhards who want to turn a dialogue on this issue into a closed-minded monologue. It is critical that the voices of LGBT Jews are included in this discussion and I applaud the Jewish Press for ensuring that all points of view are heard.
Orthodox Jews need to understand that attempts to change one's sexual orientation are harmful and ineffective. As the American Psychiatric Association says, such unscientific efforts can lead to "anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior.” This is exactly what Levin experienced at the hands of Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH).
I am proud of the Jewish Press and they were right to disseminate the facts, instead of allowing charlatans to peddle "ex-gay" fiction. In conclusion, I will stand with you and support your bold and brave actions and dedication to superb journalistic standards.