Keshet Campaign for Trans Youth
“The dignity of another should be as precious to you as your own.” (Pirkei Avot 2:10)
We are living in a time of tremendous vulnerability for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, whose rights and basic human dignity are under attack. No one is more vulnerable to these threats than trans youth who are still nine times more likely to attempt suicide than cisgender youth.
In the wake of the executive branch’s decision on February 22 to rescind its protection of trans students, our ethical responsibility as Jews is clear.
We must ensure that trans youth are treated with respect and dignity, are safe from bullying, bigotry and violence, and are fully embraced in our homes, classrooms, synagogues and public spaces.
To trans youth: we pledge to make your Jewish community safe, affirming and inclusive. We declare, today and every day: Trans Jews Belong Here.