NYC isn’t just the city that never sleeps — it’s truly woke. That’s thanks to the people who burn the candle at both ends to keep it a vibrant, remarkable, tolerant and one-of-a-kind metropolis. Meet seven of those dedicated, die-hard New Yorkers, all part of the LGBT community the city is proud to call its own.
The Seeker: Amichai Lau-Lavie
Job: Rabbi/Founder of Lab/Shul NYC
Claim to fame: A boundary-pushing, drag-wearing spiritual leader for decades, Lau-Lavie has pioneered inclusive, progressive paths to Judaism through programs that combine theater and art with religious teachings. Officially ordained as a rabbi in 2016, Lau-Lavie is part of the 39th generation of his family to teach the Torah (his first cousin David Lau is Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi).
After work: He’s exploring the city with three children he’s co-parenting with a lesbian couple, usually Citi-Biking his way from his East Village home to their place on the Upper West Side.
What’s next: Launching “Joy” (a portmanteau of “Jewish” and “goy”) — a proposal for supporting interfaith marriages between Jews and non-Jews within Conservative Judaism. “Love is love. There’s so much hair-pulling about Jews marrying outside the faith, which just causes the faith to be lost. The Jewish partner often ends up losing his or her religion. I wanted to find some sort of middle ground that will allow these marriages.”
Pride plans: Marching with Lab/Shul. “I’ve always marched, but this year, with all that’s happened in the past 12 months, I feel like we’re truly marching with a purpose.”
The Renaissance Man: Fredrik Eklund
Job: Associate real estate broker, Douglas Elliman
Claim to fame: A star on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” Eklund is one of the top-selling real-estate agents in New York, closing billions of dollars in sales.
After work: He’s showing off his dance moves to more than 800,000 Instagram…