Whenever a governing body is allowed to deem the mere insistence of a group’s simple right to exist, openly and without fear, to be a question of “politics,” nobody is safe. Not even the Swedes. Not even the Swiss. To paraphrase Shirley Bassey: Your games are a sham, ’til you can say, hey world, I am what I am. And it’s a problem not even ice dancing can fix.
Being LGBTQ is a sort of like being part of an ethnic group, a thing that binds us across class and color lines, not always easily, but truly. Long ago, a Jewish woman poet wrote, “Jews make such good lesbians.” I think it is because we know that binding.
Without getting into it, I should note that my acceptance of Torah is much like a birthday gift from grandma. I graciously accept, but some stuff might not fit, some stuff I’ll never use or never wear, but generally appreciate the gesture and I’m grateful for new stuff.
, on Shavuot - the holiday on which Jews celebrate receiving the Torah.
In a recent major study of more than one thousand gamers, a little-known prosocial emotion called “naches” ranked number eight on the top ten list of emotions that gamers say they want to feel while playing their favorite games.