PRIDE SHABBAT 6/24/2022 – WHY?
Jewish tradition teaches that all humans are created b’tzelem Elohim (in God’s image) and are obligated to respect human dignity (kavod habriyot). Members of the transgender and gender-expansive communities have an important perspective that adds richness to our communal tapestry.
At the same time, these communities face ongoing legal and cultural bigotry and discrimination. Transphobia, which is the fear of gender variance in society, impacts all parts of life.
Seventy-five percent of transgender students feel unsafe in their school and often experience physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Oftentimes, this results in youth being kicked out of or running away from home. Around thirty-seven percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+ (the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. The plus can stand for nonbinary, gender-expansive, asexual, pansexual, questioning, and additional terms). Transgender adults face discrimination in many places, including employment, health care, and social services. Our Reform Jewish community has made great efforts to be more inclusive toward the gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities, but there is still more work to be done to make our Movement and our society fully inclusive of transgender and gender-expansive people. Please keep in mind that people with multiple marginalized identities, especially Trans People of Color, often experience disproportionately high rates of violence.
(Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)