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Rebuke, תוכחה, when done correctly, looks for an opening, a sympathetic moment or shared memory to draw upon. Before reproving the other, we first join them. Once we are allies, our words urging change might be heard.

Rabbi Sandra Cohen
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This summer, just in time for Pride Month, ReformJudaism.org is proudly releasing season two of Wholly Jewish, which will focus on members of the Jewish LGBTQ+ community. 

Chris Harrison
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Our realities are, to a degree, relative.

Chris Harrison
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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
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 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
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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.

Jo and Spencer Rothman
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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

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