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Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Trump Administration's New Attempt to Discriminate Against Transgender Individuals

Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Trump Administration's New Attempt to Discriminate Against Transgender Individuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Trump administration’s new attempt to discriminate against transgender individuals, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement institutions:

“The Trump administration’s attack on the status and recognition of transgender Americans under the law is yet another betrayal of a vulnerable segment of the LGBT community. By considering a narrow legal definition of gender based on biological characteristics at birth, the administration is choosing a path that will not stand the test of civil rights, human rights, or history.

“Every person created in God’s image is entitled to live in dignity without fear of persecution. Unfortunately, this administration has repeatedly attempted to degrade the dignity of transgender Americans, causing many to live in fear. Whether it is the attempt to bar transgender servicemembers from the military, leave transgender school children without needed protections, or this new effort to narrowly define gender under the law, Americans are being caused irreparable harm by a government whose first responsibility must always be to protect its people.

“We will continue to celebrate the diversity of the Reform Jewish Movement that proudly includes transgender clergy, congregants, and students. We will also push back against any efforts to legalize discrimination and defend all individuals from discrimination arising from ignorance, fear, insensitivity or hatred.”

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.

Published: 10/22/2018