LGBTQ+ Jewish Life

When My Daughter Laura Became My Son Lawrence

Rabbi Helen T. Cohn
November 19, 2015

Coming home from the temple where I served as rabbi, I spotted a bag from our local pharmacy on the kitchen counter. It was stapled shut, but the attached prescription for my 25-year-old daughter Laura announced its contents: testosterone.

My worst fears...

25 Years of Pride: My Journey as a Gay Reform Jew

John E. Hirsch, PhD
June 25, 2015

As the site of this year’s 25th Annual Long Island Gay Pride Parade and Festival, Huntington, Long Island, was a bright, sunny, and joyful place on Saturday June 13th. My husband, Herb, and I led a 50-person Reform Jewish contingent in the parade, joined...

Gender Diversity in Jewish Tradition

Jordan Dashow
In today's world, when it is not uncommon for people to reject trans and non-binary gender identities, it is encouraging to know that the idea of multiple genders and sexes isn't new-it's an idea rooted in our rabbinic texts.

Celebrate Pride Month in the Jewish Community

Kate Bigam Kaput
The month of June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, originally designed to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were a major turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. Today, Pride Month is observed in communities across the country with parades, festivals, and other joyful events that celebrate...