Jewish leaders embrace equality for trans people

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Conservative Judaism is the second-largest denomination of Jewish people in North America, and is seen as somewhat centrist, between liberal and traditional factions; with the Orthodox movement, generally against same-sex relationships, belonging to the latter, and Reform and Reconstructionist movements, both of which accept gay relationships, in the former. The Rabbis used to vote for embracing marriage equality a few years ago and they haven’t changed their positions towards LGBT issues.

They have already passed a special resolution concerning transgender people’s rights issue which states: “The Rabbinical Assembly affirms its commitment to the full welcome, acceptance, and inclusion of people of all gender identities in Jewish life and general society. [We] encourage all programs affiliated with the Conservative Movement, including seminaries, schools, synagogues, camps, and communal and professional organizations to educate themselves and their employees about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people, so as to create fully inclusive settings. It calls for “all Conservative Movement synagogues, camps, schools, and affiliated organizations to work toward becoming explicitly welcoming, safe spaces for transgender and gender non-conforming people” – which includes “evaluating their physical site needs, workplace needs, and language that impact gender and gender expression”. It adds that it will “urge all levels of government to review their policies and practices so as to insure the full equality of transgender people under the law” – seemingly in response to anti-trans laws.

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