Joe Biden nominates lesbian rabbi for religious freedom position

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08/01/2021

President Joe Biden has nominated lesbian rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum to serve on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Under her position as commissioner, she will help monitor and evaluate religious freedoms around the world. Kleinbaum currently serves as the Chief Rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST). On Friday (30 July), the White House released a statement regarding the nominees and included Kleinbaum’s history with religious inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights. “Under her leadership as Senior Rabbi, CBST has become a powerful voice in the movement of equality and justice for people of all sexual orientation, gender identities, and expressions,” the statement reads. The statement also mentioned that Kleinbaum has served as a commissioner on New York City’s Commission on Human Rights.

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