Here's the d'var Torah I wrote for this week's portion back in 2006, originally published at Radical Torah.
This week's Torah portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, contains one of the most oft-commented-upon verses in Leviticus: 18:22, the verse which declares lying with a male as one lies with a woman to be to'evah. Who among us isn't aware what reprehensible and soul-crushing teachings and behavior that line has been used to justify?
As a passionate liberal and a passionate Jew, I can't ignore the text or wish it away. All I can do is study. And studying it again this week, I realize anew that a clear and close look at the passage shows a far more nuanced text than simplistic or literalist readings would imply.