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Two smiling people holding Jewishly themed Pride Parade signs

The Reform Jewish Movement is encouraged to see the House prioritizing issues directly impacting the lives of LGBTQ+ Americans, but the Senate has yet to consider the Equality Act or LGBTQ+ provisions in a COVID-19 response bill. That is where we, as a people committed to social justice, have a role to play. 

Jamie Starr
Two gold wedding bands entwined together to form the outline of a heart; glittery lights in the background

Recently, a Reform congregation in Washington, D.C., hosted a Jewish wedding ceremony for three Israeli couples who are unable or unwilling to marry in Israel.

Rabbi Noa Sattath
Person hold Pride flag and using cell phone to photograph a Pride parade

We come from different backgrounds but are driven by a simple shared goal: justice for all LGBTQ people, especially transgender and gender non-conforming folks.

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz and Lizzie Stein
Two men, one holding a rose, shown from the neck down on their wedding day

Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriageEven as we celebrate this victory, there’s still much work to do.

Noah Fitzgerel
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
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
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
An interracial lesbian couple shares their first kiss on their wedding day with their friends and family cheering in the background

Organizational support and the hard work of so many people who work in our Jewish youth programs will create transformational changes that allow LGBTQ youth to access Jewish community as their full selves. 

Cantor Shira Stanford-Asiyo
U.S. Capitol

Today is a momentous day. Whichever candidate we voted for in the election, today marks the beginning of a new period in our shared history.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

The inscription inside the kippot (head coverings) shared on my wedding day read, "September 2, 2016, Marriage of Michael and MacDara."

Michael Bannett


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