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LGBTQ Rights

Read the latest updates and learn more about LGBTQ rights and marriage equality through a Reform Jewish perspective.

LGBTQ Rights

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Currently, federal law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit, and jury selection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. 

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In August 2017, President Trump issued a directive banning transgender individuals from serving in the United States military. While legal battles have been launched to fight against the ban, the best solution is a legislative fix. Urge your members of Congress to pass bipartisan legislation (S. 373/H.R. 1032) to reverse the effects of this discriminatory ban. 

This text study provides an opportunity to highlight this issue of LGBTQ rights with audiences, such as teens and young adults, interested in connecting the work they are currently doing to secure equal rights with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Standing up for Transgender Rights

In October 2018, the New York Times reported on efforts by the US Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a narrow legal definition of sex. This definition would essentially erase federal recognition of transgender individuals. The Religious Action Center wrote a letter, joined by 15 other Jewish organizations, urging the Department to abandon this definition.

Additional Resources

To learn more, visit the following websites: 

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Contact Our Legislative Policy Team

For more information on this issue, contact Legislative Assistant Jamie Starr at 202-387-2800.