Transgender Inclusion

Pride 2022: Celebrating and Fighting for LGBTQ+ Equality in June and Beyond

Rachel Klein
May 27, 2022
In the story of creation, the first story we read in the Torah, we learn that every person is created b'tzelem Elohim - in the holy image of God (Genesis 1:27). Discrimination against any person arising from apathy, insensitivity, ignorance, fear, or hatred is inconsistent with this fundamental belief. It is this principle that guides that Reform Movement's advocacy for LGBTQ+ equality.

RAC-TX Condemns Attacks on Transgender Youth

Lee Winkelman
fredi Bleeker Franks
February 25, 2022
The Texas Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-TX) unequivocally denounces the hateful and erroneous statements made by Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton this week, in which they define gender-affirming medical care as child abuse and punishable by law.

Reflecting on Transgender Awareness Week in 2021

Hannah Bender
Eliana Rubin
Kelly Whitehead
Rachel Klein
November 16, 2021
Transgender Awareness Week is a chance to educate the public. It is important for people who are not part of the trans community to understand the oppression transgender and gender-expansive people face every day. While it is always important to affirm trans identities, Transgender Awareness Week provides an opportunity to center the voices of trans and gender-expansive people.

Urgency of Now: Transgender Rights Campaign

Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other facets of daily life. Members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community are the subject of harassment and face high rates of issues related to mental health. The transgender and gender non-conforming community is diverse and is part of the larger LGBTQ community, and faces unique challenges.

Reform Movement Deplores Rollback of Transgender Rights

The Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism condemn President Trump's decision, and resulting actions by the Offices of Civil Rights of the Justice and Education Departments, to overturn a federal rule making the nation's public schools welcoming and safe for transgender students.