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Candle burning in darkness

 Today is International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time opportunity to read and reflect on the names of those we have lost.

Noah Fitzgerel & Lizzie Stein
LGBT rainbow flag blowing against a blue sky

The Reform Jewish community has welcomed, embraced and fought for LGBTQ people and continues to do so even now as transgender individuals are under attack by our government.

Rabbi Denise L. Eger
Rothman siblings with a trans flag filter overlaid in pink and blue

Rabbi Hillel said, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?" For trans people, it can be very difficult to out ourselves, to be our most authentic selves around people who may judge us or even hurt us.

Spencer & Yael Rothman
LGBT equality rally with the focal point being a sign that reads THANK YOU EDIE WINDSOR OUR HERO

 She sued the government, becoming the plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and granted same-sex couples equal status under federal law.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Colored pencils placed in a way such that their tips create negative space in the shape of a heart

Take your false concerns for the children of LGBTQ parents elsewhere; we're doing just fine, thank you.

Chelsea Feuchs
Team photo of smiling college students standing and kneeling with their arms around one another while wearing uniforms and posing on some sort of field

I just wanted to be me, and have the space to figure out who that was without being squeezed inside one of those cramped, dark spaces.

Lucy Brown
Israeli and rainbow flags at gay pride parade in Tel Aviv

Although Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are only 36 miles apart, there is a world of difference in their gay pride parades.

Cantor Evan Kent
Transgender symbol painted on young person's palm

Forcing transgender public school students to use bathrooms that conflict with their gender identity can contribute to the alarmingly high rate of transgender suicides.

Lea Andersen
CLoseup of two young and cleancut men in suits with bowties as though at their wedding

How might we approach Pride with the same intentionality with which we approach a wedding?

Rabbi Karen Perolman
Collage of two photos includes one of a smiling man marching in a pride parade with a Shaar Zahav banner behind him and the other photo shows the same man with his husband as they both wear rainbow Star of David shirts

For me and my husband Ed (of blessed memory), Pride was an annual reaffirmation and celebration of our mid-life decision to come out and to come together as a couple.

Eddie Reynolds

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