My Big Gay Jewish Conversion

Simon Atkins is on a mission for BBC Three to find out if Judaism is more tolerant of his sexuality than his Catholic faith.

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Simon was a Roman Catholic until he realised he was gay and could not marry in the eyes of God. His religion didn’t seem relevant to his lifestyle until he met his Jewish boyfriend Matthew, whose synagogue allows same-sex marriage.

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In this one-off doc, My Big Gay Jewish Conversion, Simon goes on a personal journey as a gay man to discover if he could convert to Judaism, and whether it is worth sacrificing his Catholic upbringing. Simon starts by talking to a variety of people, including other gay Jewish men and a Rabbi, before travelling to the birthplace of Judaism, Israel.

He visits Tel Aviv, where Gay Pride has been celebrated since 1979, but as he delves deeper he is hit with big doubts, when in Jerusalem he is faced with more conservative and hostile views. Finally Simon visits one of the holiest sites in Christianity, where Jesus Christ was believed to have been resurrected and meets a trainee Catholic Priest, to question his own faith.

If he becomes Jewish he will have to give up the Catholic core belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God: can he do that?

BBC Three – Day and time to be confirmed

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