Jewish lesbian and gay parents show how it’s done

ClevelandJewishNews.com offers an informative and moving profile of Jewish lesbians and gays who are also parents.

The news source introduces its readers to several Jewish families, including two Pittsburgh mothers – who have woven their spiritual beliefs and sexual orientation into a welcoming and safe environment for their children. They happen to be lesbian and Jewish. Terry Starrett and Patricia McQuiston adopted two children – from Russia. The parents introduced the children to services at Bek Tikvah – a gay and lesbian congregation in the area – soon after they entered the States.

Throughout the years, the family became very active in their church. The kids celebrated their bat mitzvah at Rodef Shalomthe – which has become their “spiritual home”; and it was the first time that a child of a lesbian couple became a bat mitzvah at that congregation.

“The service was absolutely packed,” McQuiston says. “The next day I had people coming up to me, telling me they had never felt such love at a service. It was an amazing experience.”

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