Asher Gelman has an extensive history of LGBT activism both in the Jewish community and the broader world. As a high school junior, he founded Rainbow Youth DC, a youth-run social group for GLBT youth in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. At that time, RYDC was the area’s largest queer youth group. Gelman also headed up Rainbow Connection, the gay-straight alliance at Georgetown Day High School, and initiated several programs, including a highly successful Day of Silence. At the same time, he served on the board of the Washington, D.C., chapter of GLSEN. While a student at Bard College, Gelman was an active member of the National Union of Jewish LGBT Studentsm and has served as a member of the NUJLS’ Board of Governors. Since 2003, he has been active in the Israeli GLBT rights movement. In 2006, Gelman moved to Tel Aviv, where he played a key role in organizing and building the new GLBT Community Center. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces from 2008-09, and received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from George Washington University in 2012. Gelman currently works as the artistic director of The Stage, Tel Aviv’s premier English language performing-arts organization.