3rd annual JQ Awards Brunch - Honorees for Launching Landmark Jewish Queer Straight Alliance

LGBTQ Jewish and ally adults, families, and teen advocacy leader, JQ International (JQ), will hold the 3rd annual JQ Awards Brunch honoring prominent members of the community who have worked as role models for inclusion of LGBTQ minorities and founded an expanding teen program in the area. The brunch will be held on May 22 at a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA where previous honoree and comedian Bruce Vilanch will serve as this year’s emcee.

JQ is an industrious group who cares for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) Jews and allies by providing community events, educational programs and the JQ Warmline, is a one-stop LGBTQ Jewish resource and referral hotline for those in need.

Rabbi Jon Hanish of Temple Kol Tikvah is a writer and educator who helped co-found the Jewish Queer Straight Alliance (JQSA) teen program alongside Bill Kaplan, Executive Director for the Shalom Institute. Both men are being recognized with the JQ Community Leadership Award for their hard work and innovation in developing the JQSA program with JQ. The program is the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area for Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens to interact in a fundamental, educational, and social environment, while discussing LGBTQ issues through a Jewish lens.

“In our schools and Jewish camps, we are seeing more and more Jewish teens exploring their identity and now the JQSA provides these teens and their allies a forum for support, connection, and education,” says JQSA co-founder Bill Kaplan.

Mastaneh Moghadam is being recognized with the JQ Inspiration Award for her work as an activist and advocate in bringing the Persian LGBTQ community to the forefront, and giving their families a voice and support. Mastaneh just returned from a visit to the White House where she was recognized for the work she has done through serving multicultural communities, including the LGBTQ community.

“This award brings a voice and visibility to the work I do within the LGBTQ Iranian community that feels very significant to me as I am an activist that fights for justice for underserved minority communities,” said Moghadam.

Previous honorees have included Transparent lead writer Faith Soloway, Rabbi Barbara Zacky, Ron Galprin, Todd Shotz, Inez Tiger, and community leader Andrea Meyerson. This year's Celebrity Honoree will be announced shortly.

JQ is a leader in helping LGBTQ Jews and allies to care for and fuse the relationships between their different identities, foster a strong sense of self, as well as cultivate the relationships between family, friends, and loved ones.

"As a product of the Jewish Community in LA, I had the highest caliber Jewish role models growing up, but no role models that were Jewish and gay. This was a missed opportunity, and as a result I struggled with how to integrate my Jewish and gay identities in a healthy way.,” said JQ Executive Director and Cofounder, Asher Gellis.

For ticket information visit: JQ Warmline

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