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 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.
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.
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.