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God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 4:00pm
God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality

The Judaic Studies Department at Portland State University welcomes author Jay Michaelson, for a discussion of his new book:

God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality

Tuesday, April 17
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Native American Student Cultural Center
710 S.W. Jackson St.


About Jay Michaelson

Michaelson is the author of Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism and God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice. He is Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches magazine, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and many other magazines, and has appeared on NPR and CNN. Michaelson is the founding director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, a nonprofit organization which builds community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews, partners, and allies.

In 'God vs. Gay?', Michaelson makes the case that religious people should favor gay rights because of religion, not despite it. He offers his personal coming-out story and speaks to those who struggle to reconcile their faith and sexuality. Michaelson looks at texts from both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and argues that sexual diversity is part of the divine plan.

“As a salvo in the case for equality…it shows how to reframe the debate and stop seeing a chasm between God and gay." -- Publishers Weekly.

'God vs. Gay?' will be available for purchase. Michaelson's appearance is co-sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU, the Queer Resource Center, PDX Hillel, the Jewish Student Union and the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

For questions or additional information, please contact Jenn Director Knudsen at