June 28

NCJW Spotlight: Coming Out Trans in America

June 28, 7:00 pm

The transgender community is under attack.
“Thirty-three states have introduced
more than 100 bills that aim to curb the
rights of transgender people across the country.”*

Anti-trans laws remove the protection of civil rights. They aim to restrict teens from participating in team sports and hamper them from getting gender affirming medical treatment. These bills also seek to limit bathroom access by transgender individuals. Bullying and violence against trans teens continues. Self-acceptance and the support of family and community make a difference.

Join us on June 28 for a frank conversation with Rabbi Sue Fendrick and her son Elianna Kruskal about “coming out” as a teen.

Idit Klein, is President and CEO of Keshet, Inc., a national organization based in Boston (Keshetonline.org). She will discuss programs that support teens and their families as they search for a Jewishly rich, safe, and healthy life. She will suggest specifics on what we can do to advocate for laws that protect our transgender and gender non-conforming friends and relatives.

Keshet mobilizes Jewish communities across the U.S. to ensure full equality for all LGBTQ Jews and our families. It is a strong supporter of the Equality Act 2021 (HR5).

Read more about the Equality Act in this article co-authored by Idit Klein: https://jewishjournal.com/commentary/332424/with-a-new-u-s-administration-jews-must-advocate-to-pass-the-equality-act/

* Learn more about the anti-transgender bills going through U.S. legislation at this time by Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, April 15, 2021. The bills affect minors the most:  https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/15/politics/anti-transgender-legislation-2021/index.html

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