In 2006, Dubya Bush declared May as the Jewish American Heritage Month, initiated by Jewish Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Both Bush and Obama have celebrated the event by throwing a gala party at the White House in honor of their pro-Israel Jewish donors. White House has announced that this year the party will be held on June 30.
Two years ago, the Jewish Lobby got rid of America’s famous critic of Israel, Helen Thomas during the Jewish American Heritage Month party at the White House. This year, however, Jewish lawmakers will also be honoring their fellow homosexual lawmakers on May 30.
According to JTA (May 24) – the Jewish gay freshman, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo) has invited folks to a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Compaign Committee honoring veteran Jewish gay lawmaker, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), elected in 1980. The fundraiser event will be held on May 30, on the rooftop of El Centro DF, a popular Mexican restaurant in Northwest Washington, celebrating Frank’s 25th anniversary of his declaration of being ‘pink’! Frank will be joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Steve Israel (NY).
Tickets for the May 30 event range from $100 for an individual to $5,000 for PACs or those who want to co-host the event.
Jared and Frank are not the only openly homosexuals among the American lawmakers. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I), elected in 2010 is also gay and Jewish. Then, there is Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis), a lessbian with Russian-Jewish family roots. She was elected in 1998 for the first time. Tammy is a candidate in the 2012 Senate elction to succeed retiring Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis), a Jewish millionaire and owner of Milwaukee Bucks. Herb also supports same-sex marriage. Rep. Zach Wyatt (R-Mis) came out of closet this month.
LGBT groups are pro-Israel in general – as they believe that both Jews and gay/lesbian have long been discriminated in the West. A recent world-wide survey by GayCities.com and American Airlines, 43% LGBT tourists voted Tel Aviv as their favorite city, followed by New York (14%), Toronto (7%), Sao Paulo (6%), Madrid and London (5% each) and New Orleans and Mexico city (4% each).
Israeli film director, Eytan Fox, has even produced a movie, ‘Yossi’s story‘ documenting the life of gays and lesbians in the Israel Occupation Forces (IOF). The film basically applies that Israeli military culture has become more progressive by accepting gays and lesbians.
“Yippee. So more people can be in the IDF comfortably, occupy land, homes and roads, fire rubber or real bullets, interrogate and imprison little children, all while being openly gay,”Dahlia Scheindin in Israeli magazine +972, May, 27, 2012.