LGBT Jews make up approximately 7% of the Jewish community. But they are overwhelmingly less engaged than their heterosexual counterparts, primarily due to a lack of outreach from Jewish organizations. Studies show that while many organizations think of themselves as welcoming, they are often not viewed as such by the LGBT community.
In Israel, the record on LGBT rights and acceptance is among the most progressive in the Middle East. Tel Aviv, especially, fosters an open, tolerant and inclusive environment. In Jerusalem, however, the more religious and conservative demographics of the city make for a climate that is much less accepting and lacking any real municipal support.
While Tulsa is considered a progressive bubble within the heartland region—in 2008, it was named an emerging city for same-sex couples—the need to develop and implement inclusive policies and practices to support LGBT individuals in Oklahoma remains urgent.