In response to the Trump Administration, Jewish LGBTQ education and advocacy agency Keshet has launched a campaign urging support and protection for transgender youth in the community
“But how do we actually protect trans kids in our own spaces and communities? To start answering that question, I called Daniel Bahner, the National Director of Education and Training at LGBTQ advocacy organization Keshet, to ask about what steps we can take at home, in our schools, and with our peers who might not fully understand this issue–including ourselves.”
Transgender Jewish teenagers, disconcerted by the announcement, have been reaching out in recent hours to the Jewish LGBT equality group Keshet. “It sends a really clear message that trans lives are not being valued and protected,” Catherine Bell, the group’s senior director for programming and leadership, told the Forward.
More than 20 Democratic Jewish members of the House of Representatives called on President Donald Trump not to sign an executive order that would exempt religious organizations from adhering to nondiscrimination protection… The letter is endorsed by several religious and civil and human rights groups, including the American Jewish World Service, Anti-Defamation League, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, the Human Rights Campaign, Keshet, National Council of Jewish Women, and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
Even as he opens others’ eyes to the transgender experience, Mohamed explores his own ideas of intersectional queer identity— and offers important support in inclusive communities-building work—as executive assistant at Keshet, a Jamaica Plain based national nonprofit advocating for LGBT equality in Jewish life.
Assigned female at birth, Hunter Keith, 17, has felt himself to be a boy since fifth grade. By seventh grade
he told his friends; by eighth grade he told his parents. Two weeks before this photo was taken, his
breasts were removed. Now he relishes skateboarding shirtless in his Michigan neighborhood.
The San Francisco based Jim Joseph Foundation awarded a pair of local Jewish organizations two grants worth a combined $1.675 million for programs aimed at including more LGBTQ youth in Jewish life and diverse learners at Jewish day schools.
Meryl Gordon’s The Flower Girl Wore Celery is one of two children’s books to gain publication through a writing contest hosted by Keshet, the national organization for LGBTQ Jews, in partnership with Kar-Ben Publishing. (The other title, The Purim Superhero, came out in 2013.)
Author Meryl G. Gordon spoke about her Keshet award-winning book ‘The Flower Girl Wore Celery.’
A new children’s book is breaking ground by being the first of its kind to center around a lesbian Jewish wedding. The Flower Girl Wore Celery was the result of a national children’s book contest put on by Keshet, an organization fighting for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life.
Debut children’s book author Meryl G. Gordon speaks with The Whole Megillah about her picture book, The Flower Girl Wore Celery, published by Kar-Ben and discovered by Keshet.