JQ brings together the

LGBTQ+ and ally Jewish

community through meaningful

programming and events.

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JQ connects all LGBTQ+ Jewish people and allies through programs and events
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JQ International is the premiere LGBTQ+ Jewish organization in the greater Los Angeles area since 2004. Through transformative and dynamic programs including the Teen Jewish Queer Straight Alliance (JQSA), the lifesaving JQ Helpline, Persian Pride Programming, and JQ’s Young Adult Programming, JQ has established an impressive track record of innovative initiatives, services, and partnerships fostering leadership and inclusion within the community. Benefiting LGBTQ+ Jews and allies of all ages, JQ’s programs have impacted more than 13,000 lives in the past year alone.

CAlendar of events

august

16aug7:30 pm10:00 pmSummer Shebrew Shabbat7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 5208 Hermosa Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90041

september

15sep12:30 pm2:30 pmLGBTQ+ Orthodox Summer BBQ12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn about JQ’s Programs

Adult Programming

With events ranging from Shabbat dinners to holiday gatherings and educational panels, JQ’s community engagement and identity-enriching programs for adults promote the healthy integration of LGBTQ+ and Jewish identities. JQ integrates LGBTQ+ history and themes into traditional Jewish celebrations and rituals to create a vibrant Jewish experience where no LGBTQ+ Jew feels split between being Jewish and queer.

Teen JQSA

Introduced in 2014, the Teen JQSA (Jewish Queer Straight Alliance) cultivates social and spiritual connections by providing a vital and affirming space for LGBTQ+ Jewish teens and allies ages 13-18. The first such community-wide youth group in Los Angeles, the Teen JQSA equips participants with tools and resources to manage bullying, homophobia, and adolescent pressures, and fosters a greater understanding of Jewish values that affirm LGBTQ+ identity and inclusion. Through workshops and events co-created with teen leadership, participants create lasting friendships, gain confidence, and experience full LGBTQ+ inclusion in a uniquely Jewish context.

Persian Pride

JQ’s Persian Pride Programming is the only programming in the world specifically designed for LGBTQ+ Persians and the Persian community at large. JQ’s Persian Pride Fellowship and programming affects communal growth and cultivates identity, camaraderie, and support through a culturally-sensitive lems. The cohort-based fellowship experience provides fellows with advocacy training, activist resources, and tangible tools customized to help them move equality forward addressing the unique needs of the Persian community.

JQuties Dodgeball

In the Fall of 2017, JQ sponsored a team in the longstanding West Hollywood Dodgeball League. The team — named the JQuties — would be the first LGBTQ+ and ally Jewish team in WeHo Dodgeball history. For the first time, members of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community saw themselves reflected and included in one of the most popular and longstanding adult recreational dodgeball leagues. The team hosts a Shabbat dinner each season, gathering to celebrate the end of the week and to give thanks to the camaraderie they found through dodgeball.

JQ Speakers Bureau

JQ knows personal stories deepen the understanding of the LGBTQ+ Jewish experience. Through the JQ Speakers Bureau, JQ’s highly trained speakers bring their personal experiences and life stories to organizations and institutions throughout the community. Every JQ speaker receives specialized training and serves as a role model to help groups better enhance their LGBTQ+ inclusion and awareness

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JQ Speakers Bureau

JQ knows personal stories deepen the understanding of the LGBTQ Jewish experience. Through the JQ Speakers Bureau, JQ’s highly trained speakers bring their personal experiences and life stories to organizations and institutions throughout the community. Every JQ speaker receives specialized training and serves as a role model to help groups better enhance their LGBTQ inclusion and awareness

Become or schedule speaker

 

JQ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities, and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment.

 

JQ's work is made possible by our generous supporters

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