On September 16, 2022, Yeshiva University announced a freeze of all undergraduate club activities in an email sent to the undergraduate student body. In response, JQY offered to sponsor club activities until the end of the shutdown. To prevent all students from facing the consequences of YU’s decision, the Pride Alliance agreed to grant Yeshiva University a stay on September 21 until the resolution of all appeals on the case.
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Appeal to Stay
After Kotler’s ruling, Yeshiva University filed for a stay from the court, which they were refused. The next week, they applied for a stay form the U.S. Supreme Court, which, after initially being granted by Sonia Sotomayor, was denied in a 5-4 decision.
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
In the aftermath of the “We, Too, Are YU” protest, and in conjunction with concurrent administrative discussions, YUPA was launched as an unofficial club. A few times YUPA applied to be recognized as a club under the name “YU Alliance.” The general assembly elected not to vote on the matter, leaving it to the administration. It is alleged in YUPA’s lawsuit that the administration instructed the GA to do this. The case was brought to the Beren Student Council, due to their constitution having a non-discrimination clause, but they refrained from taking a position.
Before YUPA was founded, there was the controversy about an LGBTQ club in Cardozo in the 90’s. More recently, there have been several clubs founded which made part of their mission to provide a safe place for queer students, including the Tolerance Club, Diversity Club, and Jewish Activism Club.
In the aftermath of the lawsuit filing, various reactions were put forth by the broader community. Eventually, on June 14, 2022, Justice Kotler of the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Pride Alliance.
On April 26, 2021, a group of students and the Yeshiva University Pride Alliancesued Yeshiva University. Below are the documents and articles from around thefiling of the lawsuit.
Westboro Baptist Church Protest and Counter-Protest
In 2017, the Westboro Baptist Church announced their intent to, and later held a protest against YU on March 27th. Part of the announced reason for the protest was, they claimed, Judaism’s role in promoting acceptance of Homosexuality. A counter-protest centered on defending YU’s queer students was organized by Asher Lovy, who described the purpose as being “to make sure that the LGBTQ students of Yeshiva University wouldn’t walk out and see a message of hate that wasn’t countered by a message of love”
Opinions Articles about the protest and counter protest
The counseling center, and broader LGBTQ sensitivity issues, had been a center of critique for a while, with students encouraging the administration to allow more clear support for queer students to be expressed. In the aftermath of the Fostering an Inclusive Community letter, YU started a counseling center support group, but this group alone is insufficient, and more is to be done.
In 2020, Yeshiva University held a panel speaking with past and present queer students over zoom, moderated by Dr. Jenny Issacs, about being queer in the orthodox world, which brought over 600 attendees.
Being LGBTQ+ in an Orthodox World: A Panel of Four Yeshiva University Undergrad Students and Alumni
LGBTQ Panel | December 21, 2020
LGBTQ Student and Alumni Reflect on Experiences in the Orthodox World at YU-Sponsored Panel
Sruli Fruchter | December 21, 2020
Yeshiva University students face uphill battle on campus in planned LGBTQ event
Hannah Dreyfus| December 19, 2020
Times of Israel
Panel “Being LGBTQ+ in an Orthodox World” Sponsored by Yeshiva University
Adina Bruce | December 15, 2020