Bye Bye Lionel


Rabbi Lionel Blue | File photo: Evening Standard | 16304ga

Gay Activist is sad to note the death of Rabbi Lionel Blue, the broadcaster, journalist and first openly gay British Rabbi, who has died aged 86 this morning.

The liberal London synagogue, Beit Klal Yisrael, announced the news of his death in a statement on its Facebook page and paid tribute to him. “He was a friend and mentor to many and his courage in coming out as gay in the 1970s paved the way for many other Jews, including many Rabbis.”

He was also a prolific broadcaster and received an OBE for services to broadcasting (pictured).

Gay Activist sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.