Thanks to The New Civil Rights Movement, I discovered Cantor Mark Goldman. Reading about him made me grin from ear to ear and brought tears to my eyes.
Raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, he was taught being gay “is something terrible and abhorrent.” He asked God to take it away from him. Some of you will relate to that, I’m sure. He also comes from a long line of Cantors and wanted to be one himself.
Mark came out at 27 and then accepted a cantor position at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Moving to Florida was the first time he was fully out. A year after that he met his partner, Aaron Taber, who he’s been with for 18 years.
So, what’s the president about? Cantor Goldman was recently elected president of the American Conference of Cantors, the first openly gay man to hold that position.
I don’t know Mark Goldman, but I’m proud of him! I’m proud of him for following his passion, music and Judaism. I’m proud of him for being true to himself. I know that Florida is not the most gay friendly state in the nation. And I bet there are some gay youth in his congregation who can more easily love and accept themselves for knowing him.
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