This is a terrible idea!
We had a movie on community gardening Motzei Shabbat and a program on Sunday to plant the seeds to start our own community garden. At the time my wife and I had the two of us, our two kids and a boarder living in our small little house. It was originally a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house that we expanded by putting a play room and bedroom in the basement and another bedroom and office in the attic. Anyway… small house. The boarder we had was someone who had worked at the Teva Jewish Environmental Education program at Isabella Friedman for a couple of years and she and I were two of the main coordinators of the Shabbat program so of course we planned to host the two guest speakers for Shabbat. We also had 3 community members who really wanted to be a part of this event, but lived too far away to walk to shul so we hosted them too.
You’re gonna put that where?!!!
R. Steve Greenberg, first openly gay Orthodox Rabbi.
I was really excited about this because there was a small group of Orthodox LGBT/Queer identified people in my shul community who had come out to my wife and I confidentially but not to anyone else in the community. As a result, my wife and I knew who they were but they didn’t know each other. So I’d talked to my Rabbi at my shul and created a side program that weekend. We had a very quiet get together with all those people and R. Greenberg over seudah shlishit at my house. My rabbi also knew other LGBT people that I didn’t know and all told we have about 10 folks at my house who all knew each other, but didn’t know that they all identified on the LGBT / Queer spectrum. It was fantastic and beautiful. We all sat around my living room and shared our stories about being Frum and Gay and how we found ourselves in this community concluding the Shabbat with one of the most moving Havdalahs of my life under the stars in my back yard right next to the crazy fantastic Teva bus. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sort of thing.