GLOE Youth & Family

Celebrating LGBTQ Parents, Kids,
Teens, Couples and Families of all Kinds




Our EVENTS for LGBTQ Youth and Families

Letter from the Directors     


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GLOE Youth & Family Events

Wednesday, November 13 - All Fired Up for Chanukah!
All Fired Up, Cleveland Park

Monday, December 2 - Menorah Candle Lighting at the J

Wednesday, December 25 - Community Service Project
D25 Day of Service
(GLOE project is suitable for kids 13 & up; other projects suitable for younger children)

(See GLOE's full calendar of programs and events)

Letter from the Directors:

Family Engagement

GLOE - Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement

Dear Families,

Welcome! First, we want to start off with a definition of "families." Or rather, a lack of one. We believe families come in so many beautiful forms that if we tried to define who we mean, we'd be leaving out too many of ourselves and other people we want around. At GLOE Youth & Family Programs, we know families are made up of people who care about each other - they are younger or older, have kids or don't have kids, are married or not, and many other combinations.

If you want to be part of our programs that are geared towards LGBT youth and families, you are welcome.

At the Washington DCJCC, LGBT people are part of the life of the Center, in all areas and departments, just as it should be in all Jewish life. We also know that LGBT people also have experiences unique to our community. That's why we want to host programs and events specifically geared towards LGBT youth and families, and provide opportunities to create community. Further, we've heard from many parents who've said that they felt like they lost their queer community after having kids - and we knew there was no reason this had to happen.

As directors, we saw that in our two separate departments, there was a great opportunity to work together where we overlap, which brought about GLOE Youth & Family! And we are so excited to be doing just that - working together and building community.

We hope you'll join us at our many future events!


Halley Cohen
Director, GLOE - GLBT Outreach & Engagement or (202) 777-3253

Chaya Silver
Director, Family Engagement or (202) 777-3267


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Other LGBT Events and Resources in the Community

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All resources below are listed for your convenience and interest, but each has been created by independent organizations or individuals. GLOE is not responsible for the content or information they provide.

LGBT Family Books

10 Books Every LGBT Parent Should Read - From Mombian: "Books about LGBT parenting are few and far between, but here are ten that I recommend for all LGBT parents and prospective parents. I chose works that each showcase a variety of voices, rather than single-person memoirs, so each one would resonate as widely as possible. I also chose books that focus on the emotional side of parenting rather than medical and legal how-to works, since the latter tend to be specific to particular segments of the LGBT community."

Multiple lists of LGBT-related books, many with Jewish content, curated by a friend of GLOE. Lists include:
   -Jewish LGBT/Queer/Gay & Lesbian Books (Books on being both)
   -My Favorite Gay Teen Books
   -Children's Books with LGBT Families in Spanish & French
   -Children's Books with Diverse Families (Including LGBT Families)
   -Children's Books with LGBT Themes & Celebrating Difference
   -Children's Books with LGBT Families & Characters

New U.S. Young Adult (YA) LGBT books published in 2012, curated by Malinda Lo: "By 'LGBT YA novels' I mean young adult novels with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning main characters. That means many books that include secondary or supporting LGBTQ characters are not going to appear on this list. While supporting LGBT characters can indeed be significant, I chose to focus on MAIN characters, as I do believe there is a difference between being the star of the story and being the sidekick."
   -January-March, 2012
   -April-June, 2012

10 Outstanding LGBT Teen Reads (from the last 10 years) - From Lambda Literary's Alex Sanchez: "When I wrote my first novel, Rainbow Boys, I was writing the book I wished had been available when I was a teen—a book that would’ve told me: “It’s okay to be who you are.” I never imagined that with its 2001 my book would set off an ever-growing parade of LGBT-themed books for and about teenagers."
Categories: Girls Who Like Girls, Boys Who Like Boys, Trans Interest, Middle School/Pre-Teen, Bi Interest

For Jewish LGBTQ Teens and their Teen Allies

ROCKVILLE OPEN HOUSE: Monthly Meeting (1st Wednesday each month)
Rockville Open House (ROH) is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning,or intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, and their friends and allies, between the ages of 13-18 yrs old. ROH is open once a month, from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington Youth Lounge - 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. For more information, please visit us at or

FAIRFAX OPEN HOUSE: Monthly Meeting (Currently on hold)
Fairfax Open House is a monthly support group for LGBT Jewish teens that meets the second Monday a month at the JCC in Northern Virginia. For more information friend us on Facebook, Twitter or check us out on the web at

Director: Halley Cohen
(202) 777-3253

Founder and Past Chair:
Stuart S. Kurlander

GLOE Steering Committee
Amy Cotton, Alex Greenbaum and Joshua Siegel
Members: Marnie Abramson, Yoni Bock, Shane Cusumano, Margot Friedman, Mindy Gasthalter, Denise Gold, Michael Plostock, Michael Singer

GLOE Program Committee
Joanna Blotner, Marlene Cohen, Becky Emet, Jonathan Gilad, Sharon Greenbaum, Kelly Horton, Cassie Maxwell, Gary Morin, Alissa Perman, Ken Troshinsky

Advisory Board
Dana Beyer, Sammy Dweck, Shira Frank, Erica Gloger, Billy Kreisberg, Bob Tracy

1529 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

GLOE Youth & Family
Contact Info

Sarah Rabin Spira
Director, Family Enrichment and Community Outreach or (202) 777-3267

Halley Cohen
Director, GLOE - GLBT Outreach & Engagement or (202) 777-3253