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Closeup of the hands and Converse sneakers of a teenage girl sitting on asphalt

At the Pride service my transgender daughter recently organized at our temple, she noted how she has always felt at home there. As her mom, those words warmed my heart.

Alisa Gold
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
Two young boys fighting/wrestling

Parashat Tol’dot is replete with contrasts and binaries that force us to grapple with the binaries that separate, divide, and create injustices in our own world.

Noah Fitzgerel
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
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
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
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Joseph’s story is a reminder that justice does come. For the transgender community, and the LGBT community at large, each step forward is met with significant barriers, but that doesn’t mean the fight is any less vital.

Max Antman

On December 8, the National Center for Transgender Equality released the findings from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS), the largest survey to ever be conducted on the lives and experiences of transgender Americans.

Max Antman

Eva needed to socially transition to live full-time as a girl. Our hope is that more and more people will join together to expand the network of supportive communities until transgender people are no longer shunned by society.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

By the time she was 3 years old, Jazz Jennings (not her original first name or her real last name) knew she was meant to be a girl. In her new book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teenager, Jazz tells her story, including how she and her family became reality TV stars and outspoken advocates for transgender rights.

Kate Bigam

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