Fostering an Inclusive Community Letter

In the aftermath of two quasi-rejected applications, YU appointed a committee, headed by then Vice-President of the university, Josh Joseph, to look into the idea of an LGBTQ club. On September 3rd 2020, a letter was released which included nods to greater LGBTQ inclusion, but claimed that having a club under university auspices would cloud the Torah’s nuanced message.

Documents and News Articles

Interview with President Berman
Commentator Staff | September 8, 2019
YU Commentator
YU Announces New LGBTQ Inclusivity Policies, Denies LGBTQ Club Formation
Sruli Fruchter | September 3, 2020
YU Commentator

Student Response

A Letter to the Josh Joseph Committee
Jacob Stone | December 22, 2019
YU Commentator
Jacob Stone requests the Josh Joseph committee to consider the hypocrisy that would be inherent to denying an LGBTQ club.
In Response to an LGBT Club Denial
Fruma Landa | September 30, 2020
YU Observer
Fruma Landa asks how an LGBTQ club violates “Torah nuances” and criticizes what she believes the Fostering an Inclusive Community letter implies for broader queer inclusion in the Orthodox world.

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