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Jim & Lionel Blue

Lionel Blue (born 6 February 1930) is a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster. He was the first British rabbi publicly to declare his homosexuality. Blue was the first British rabbi publicly to affirm his homosexual orientation and published Godly and Gay in 1981. He has been openly homosexual since the 1960s and has had three male live-in lovers. He met his most recent partner, Jim (born 1927), in 1981 through a personal advertisement in Gay Times. "We both knew what we wanted," says Lionel, "and we didn't want to be the oldest swingers in town. We wanted a home." However, his memoirs reveal that he considered marrying Joanna Hughes, a student whom he met whilst they were both students at Oxford in 1950.

Blue used to share his house with his mother, Hetty, who lived until she was 93. She and her sister had the ground floor, while Lionel and Jim had upstairs. And did Hetty and Jim get on? "Yes," he says, "although she was very manipulative. When Jim came home she'd say: 'Hard day at work, Jim?' And he'd say: 'Yes.' So she'd say: 'Tired, Jim?' And he'd say: 'Yes.' So she'd say: 'Feel like a cup of tea, Jim?' And he'd say: 'Yes.' So she'd say: 'Make me one, too.'"

Blue is best known for his longstanding work with the media, most notably his wry and gentle sense of humour on "Thought for the Day" on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

In July 1998 Blue was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University. He is also honorary doctor of Divinity and Fellow of Grey College, Durham.

Born in the East End of London, Blue was the son of a master tailor. He entered Hendon School (then Hendon County School) at sixth form level.

Blue read History at Balliol College, Oxford and Semitics at the University of London before being ordained as a rabbi in 1960. He spent time in the Army but was discharged after a nervous breakdown brought on by anxiety over his homosexuality.

He lost his faith at the age of five after petitionary prayer failed to remove Hitler and Oswald Mosley; he then turned to the Marxism of his uncle. Blue regained his faith while at the University of Oxford, when he found some resolution to severe personal conflicts regarding his sexuality at a Quaker meeting. He also found Victor Gollancz's A Year of Grace helpful during this time, and finally became one of the first two students at Leo Baeck College for training rabbis in 1956.

Between 1960 and 1963, Blue was the minister of the Settlement Synagogue and Middlesex New Synagogue. He then became the European Director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In 1967, he began a long-term engagement as lecturer at Leo Baeck College in London. He lives in Finchley, north London.

He is an occasional guest speaker of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group. He is also a patron of Kairos in Soho, an organization for gay people.

For more than 25 years, Blue has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day. In September 2006, a return trip to his childhood home in London's East End to mark the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in Britain was the subject of an evocative audioslideshow on the BBC News website. At a personal appearance at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon in December 2009, Lionel Blue asserted he would be back on Mondays in Thought For the Day on BBC Radio 4, in January 2010.

He was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 57; however, he has to date successfully controlled his disorder with medication.

During an operation in 1997, a surgeon discovered a tumour which tests proved to be malignant. He went on to receive radiotherapy and hormonal treatment to reduce any further growth. He has also been diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Blue & www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/rabbi-lionel-blue-gays-have-quite-a-lot-to-learn-from-religious-people-2209466.html

Further Readings:

The Godseeker's Guide by Lionel Blue
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (December 28, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1847064183
ISBN-13: 978-1847064189
Amazon: The Godseeker's Guide
Amazon Kindle: The Godseeker's Guide

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