The UK's first openly gay Rabbi has passed away today (December 19) aged 86.
Lionel Blue was ordained as a Rabbi in 1960. The Jewish religious leader's sexuality was known to friends at the time, and he came out publicly in 1981 - the UK's first Rabbi to do so.
Blue went on join Radio 4's Thought For The Day programme as a regular contributor, earning him an OBE for services to broadcasting.
The news of his death was broken via North London synagogue Beit Klal Yisrael's Facebook page. Describing him as a "wonderful and inspirational man," they paid tribute to his "wisdom and humour," and his commitment to improving the lives of LGBT Jews.