Are Jews overrepresented in the gay community just as they in areas of our society, such as publishing, television, news media, the film industry, porn industry, academia, the arts and banking? And how many famous homosexuals are Jewish – or, inversely – how many famous Jews are homosexuals?
Once again, 11 out of 50, or 22 percent, are Jewish, though Jews represent just 2.4 percent of the U.S. population. To be clear, this isn’t a list of all the LGBTQ Jews in Hollywood. It’s a list of Hollywood’s most influential homosexuals. Pop singer Demi Lavato, actor Victor Garber, and actresses Drew Barrymore and Evan Rachel Wood, for example, are famous Hollywood LGBTQ Jews who weren’t worthy of this list of who’s who. How many others are there? It’s a mystery, but if what we see on our screens is any indication, the numbers are huge.
Pew Research found one-in-ten (10 percent) of U.S. Jewish adults identify as gay or lesbian (4 percent) bisexual (5 percent); 88 percent say they are straight, 1 percent say they are something else, 1 percent say they don’t know and 1 percent declined to answer the question. That’s nearly double the U.S. average.
So why does it all matter? Because of the aforementioned outsized influence among many of the pillars of American culture, including politics. If you want to know where your country is going, look at who’s given center stage.
Oy vey, why are so many Jews gay? Is it the circumcisions? Is it the matzo balls? I’m still not sure. If it weren’t for Pride Month, I wouldn’t even be asking such potentially offensive questions. But I guess this is what Pride Month is all about: “awareness.” Right, fellas?