About the World Congress of
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations
Since 1990 the World Congress has more than doubled its size. It currently
has over 65 member organisations (many of which are themselves umbrella bodies).
These extend across North America, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe,
South Africa, Australia and Israel.
We mount conferences and workshops and represent the interests of lesbian,
gay and bisexual Jews around the world in national, continental and global
A founder member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, the WCGLBJO
is applying for full membership in the World Jewish Congress.
The Board of Directors of the World Congress meets annually, either at the
World Conference or in connection with a Regional Conference, to carry out
the business of the World Congress.
At the 1997 Board meeting in Philadelphia, it was resolved to rename our
conferences to make them more explicitly inclusive toward bisexuals and to
better denote the geographical diversity of the organisation. Hence in future
the international conferences will be known as World Conferences of Gay,
Lesbian and Bisexual Jews.
At the 1998 Board meeting in Paris, the name of our organization was officially
changed to the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations.
At the 1999 Board meeting in Provincetown, Massachusetts, elections were
held. Currently, the officers of the WCGLBJO are as follows:
President Scott Gansl, Philadelphia
Vice President François Spiero, Paris
Treasurer Mike Kook, London
Secretary Jonathan Falk, Los Angeles
Officer-at-large: Western Hemisphere Shalom Amigos delegate, Mexico City
Officer-at-large: Eastern Hemisphere Fred Fischer, Munich
Officer-at-large: Eastern Hemisphere Ra'anan Gabay, Tel Aviv
The World Congress recognizes the need for gender equity on our Steering
Committee. To this end, all member organizations are encouraged to send women
as delegates to future board meetings, and women are highly encouraged to
run for office at our 2000 board meeting.
Updated 18 November 1999
World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish