This Pride Month, NFTY North American Board members Daniella Abbott and Cameron Samuels joined HUC rabbinical student Kelly Whitehead to discuss how their trans and non-binary identities have influenced their attitude toward systems of oppressions in the wake of new legislation aimed at attacking queer identities.
In the story of creation, the first story we read in the Torah, we learn that every person is created b'tzelem Elohim - in the holy image of God (Genesis 1:27). Discrimination against any person arising from apathy, insensitivity, ignorance, fear, or hatred is inconsistent with this fundamental belief. It is this principle that guides that Reform Movement's advocacy for LGBTQ+ equality.
fredi Bleeker Franks
The Texas Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC-TX) unequivocally denounces the hateful and erroneous statements made by Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton this week, in which they define gender-affirming medical care as child abuse and punishable by law.
Transgender Awareness Week is a chance to educate the public. It is important for people who are not part of the trans community to understand the oppression transgender and gender-expansive people face every day. While it is always important to affirm trans identities, Transgender Awareness Week provides an opportunity to center the voices of trans and gender-expansive people.
Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals face discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other facets of daily life. Members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community are the subject of harassment and face high rates of issues related to mental health. The transgender and gender non-conforming community is diverse and is part of the larger LGBTQ community, and faces unique challenges.