For the Sake of Dignity: A Campaign for Trans Youth
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 22nd 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.
“The dignity of another should be as precious to you as your own.” (Pirkei Avot 2:10)