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Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People


Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association lift our collective voices in support of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people — our loved ones, our community leaders, and people across the globe.

We honor the holiness of transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals’ lives, and uphold the value of b’tselem elohim, that each person is created in the image of divinity. We celebrate the individuals and cultural practices that advance our collective work for gender justice. We affirm the centrality of diverse gender expression and identity, gender fluidity, and gender activism in our Reconstructionist communities.

We unequivocally oppose any attempt by the Trump Administration to dismantle federal protections for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people under Title IX.

We stand as partners against attacks on our communities and our loved ones, in the United States, in North America, and beyond. We vehemently reject that the binary sex marker assigned at an individual’s birth should dictate their access to facilities and services in health care, educational, and governmental settings, and we will protest policies that seek to uphold this scientifically and medically unsound thinking.

In keeping with the Reconstructionist movement’s resolution affirming full inclusion of transgender and non-binary Jews we reaffirm our commitments to enact gender affirmative practices in our Jewish congregations and communities: by educating about gender beyond the binary at our upcoming Convention, collaborating with Jewish Social Justice Roundtable partner organizations and others in support of trans-affirmative advocacy, and engaging in assessment and advancement of our own organizational practices.

Our ethical commitment to upholding gender-expansiveness is central to the flourishing of the Reconstructionist movement, now and going forward. In solidarity with transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community members, we proudly proclaim: your existence is a blessing.

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