|Cantor Sharon Grainer and me, doing a selfie at Philly Gay Pride 2016|
June is Gay Pride Month - Philadelphia celebrated their pride march a few weeks ago, and I marched in the parade as a representative of BZBI. It was my first official participation in the parade, save for the time 20 years ago when I rode my big red beach cruiser, decorated with tassels, streamers and a rainbow flag, and I inserted myself at the head of the parade and rode through the route as an unofficial "dyke on bike"! I sure do know how to have a good time!
This past May 20th, BZBI held a special Friday night Shabbat service, called Pride Shabbat. The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus sang a pre-shabbat concert service, and the entire service was open to our LGTBQ community. It was a beautiful evening, made so because it was inclusive of everyone in the community. At work that following Monday, we received an email from members who now live in Mexico, who were so touched to learn that BZBI held a Pride Shabbat. From their beautiful note to us, I realized that I wanted to know more about these men, Richard Sinovoi and Elliot Gould, two members of BZBI for over 30 years. I sent them an email requesting an interview of sorts, with a story about myself and my limited knowledge of them.
What follows is their story and mine, as it appears on the BZBI Shofar Blog. I'v excerpted some of the post here, and the link to the rest of their story, as it appears on BZBI's website can be reached here: https://bzbi.org/bzbi-welcoming-place-filled-acceptance-pride-lgtbq-community/