By Jon Cohen
THANK YOU to those who took bold action over the past few dangerous and demanding months to share your Jewish values with your legislators, values that urge that ALL people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or any other identity, be treated with dignity by the people elected to serve them. When people show up together day after day, as so many of you did, the ripples are beyond measure.
And so now that the 2023 legislative sessions in Texas and Florida are behind us, we come together in grief and resolve. We grieve the irreparable harm caused to the LGBTQ+ community, especially to trans people, by the bills passed in both states. These new laws jeopardize the safety of LGBTQ+ Floridians and Texans in both their public and private lives.
We continue to come together in clear-eyed resolve to fight back in every state. We know that these individual laws are not isolated or random attacks but are part of a coordinated national assault on our lives. Working with our partners at Equality Florida and Equality Texas as well as dozens of local and national Jewish community organizations, we will continue to be steadfast in our activism. Keshet staff in Florida and our two new full-time staff in Texas are energized to educate, advocate, and mobilize.
And we celebrate our wins:
These and many other successes – no matter how small – matter. And they are possible because you refused to give up and persisted with courage and pride.
As I shared recently on the Keshet blog, I can’t be legislated away. Florida is my home and I intend to stay and continue to fight with the powerful, inclusive, and loving Jewish community that I have grown up with and continue to build. And I am energized, by all of you, to keep bringing the fight to every community being targeted by these terrible bills.
You can read more about the specifics of the wins and losses on our partners’ websites, in Florida here and in Texas here. If you would like to bring Keshet Community Mobilization to your community, please let us know.
Thank you for your partnership in working for full equality for LGBTQ+ people in Texas, Florida, and across the country. This fight is not over.