We would be remiss here if we failed to applaud Reform Jews in the United States for their move to show support for transgender people.
The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it’s a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement.
Members of the Union for Reform Judaism attending its biennial meeting in Orlando approved on a voice vote the resolution, which calls for congregations and camps to have gender-neutral bathrooms and encourages gender-neutral language at Reform Jewish institutions. It also suggests training on gender issues for religious school staff and encourages advocating on behalf of the transgender community.
The move comes at a time when the transgender community in the United States has been under increased opposition and discrimination from right-wing extremists in Houston and across the nation, and from the anonymous individual and company who created and signed a TERF-like petition seeking to have major LGBT organizations disassociate themselves from transgender people, essentially dropping the T from LGBT. (GLAAD and the other groups flatly rejected the request.)
Sadly, the inclusive move by Reform Jews could make them targets of discrimination from some of the aforementioned people, too, who subscribe to the “our sweat smells the best” philosophy and seek to make everyone stink like them.
So, we at LGBT Perspectives Magazine stand up and applaud the Union for Reform Judaism in the United States for doing the right thing, and for being a true vehicle of all-encompassing brotherly and sisterly love.