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November 5, 2015 10:55 am

Reform Judaism Umbrella in US Poised to Back Transgender Rights

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The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) will vote on the “Resolution on the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) will vote on the “Resolution on the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The umbrella body of Reform Judaism in the US is set to pass a resolution to recognize the rights of transgender individuals.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) will vote on the “Resolution on the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People” at its biennial conference in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.

URJ’s Commission on Social Action prepared the resolution affirming Reform Judaism’s commitment to “full equality, inclusion and acceptance of people of all gender identities and gender expressions.” If passed, Reform congregations, clergy, congregants, and other affiliate institutions will be asked to refer to transgender people by the name and gender of their choosing, include gender-neutral bathrooms, and use gender-neutral labels.

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They will also be called upon to create programming and materials that “will empower such institutions to be more inclusive and welcoming of people of all gender identities and expressions,” reported the Forward.

Other religious movements that have affirmed similar resolutions include the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, according to the Associated Press.

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  • Rick Freedman

    My daughter goes to a URJ sponsored camp that is very popular and filled with vising Rabbis and clergy/teen workers. We received a notice after the start of camp that there was a trans child living as a girl in a girls bunk. Wasn’t in my daughters’ bunk but was in the same age group. Took me by surprise. I had no choice but to accept. Really kind of wigs me out.

    • Rusty Gilbert

      If one is compassionate, they are compassionate. At least towards innocent children just trying to be their normal. Sometimes it’s a start to be compassionate by learning more about a topic than choosing a side or feeling wronged. I congratulate Reformed Judaism because they have room to consider and invest in compassion in many areas. I also congratulate them for seeking to open minds though action and hopefully begin to help impart compassion through education regarding Transgender people.

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