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Reform congregations take action for transgender rights

Reform congregations take action for transgender rights

Saturday, March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility The RAC stands with transgender students. Join us by contacting your local school board about policies that affirm the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students. Info at rac.org/TDOV18

This year, International Transgender Day of Visibility coincided with the first day of Passover, a particularly meaningful coincidence. On International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate transgender people and the courage it takes to live openly, while recognizing the discrimination and violence that trans people continue to face. On Passover, we celebrate the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt, while recognizing the many forms of oppression that continue to plague our society.

Under the leadership of the Religious Action Center’s Urgency of Now Transgender Rights campaign, 15 Reform Congregations from across the country came together to raise the issue of transgender rights and visibility in their local school districts. As Eli Mandel, a leader at Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, taught us, “when transgender students see themselves reflected in the policies of their schools, they are visible and they can thrive.” The following are a few highlights from our collective actions:

We are appreciative of the many rabbis, cantors, leaders and teens who came together to take action for International Transgender Day of Visibility. We know that when we act together, our message is stronger.

If you would like to learn more about this campaign and get involved, please contact Noah Fitzgerel or Lizzie Stein and visit the Urgency of Now Transgender Rights website. For regular updates on the campaign, join our group in the tent.  

Lizzie Stein is a leadership development associate at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where she previously served as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. In her current role, she leads fellowships for alumni of RAC programs and brings leadership skills training to the RAC’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminars and other programs. Lizzie also staffs the Urgency of Now: Transgender Rights Campaign. A graduate of Occidential College, she is a member of Temple Kol Ami in Phoenix, AZ, her hometown.

Lizzie Stein

Published: 4/10/2018