April 13, 2016 at 11:49 am EST | by Staff reports
LGBT Jewish group holds D.C. events
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Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer was among those who spoke at the World Congress of GLBT Jews gathering in D.C. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON — More than 60 people from around the world attended a series of events that the World Congress of GLBT Jews organized in D.C. this past weekend.

The World Congress of GLBT Jews events took place at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center in Dupont Circle from April 8-10. Congregation Bet Mishpachah and the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement (GLOE) co-hosted the organization.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum and Rabbi Laurie Green of Congregation Bet Mishpachah spoke at on April 8. Harry Samuels of the American Jewish World Service and Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer discussed LGBT rights in the U.S. and around the world on April 10.

The World Congress of GLBT Jews also held its annual board meeting on April 10.

World Congress of GLBT Jews President Frank Giaoui told the Washington Blade on April 10 that members of his organization from New York, Israel, France and other countries attended the events.

“Obviously there is some more to do in civil rights in the U.S.,” said Giaoui, referring to efforts in support of equal access to employment and housing. “In some countries like Latin America and Central Europe and in Africa obviously the civil rights are not there at all. So we also have to work for them.”

The World Congress of GLBT Jews events took place less than three months after protesters forced the cancellation of a reception at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference at which two Israeli activists were scheduled to speak.

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