Making Your Community More Transgender-Friendly: Guidelines for Individuals and Congregations

By Reuben Zellman

TransTorah, January 1, 2004

This document offers guidelines for individuals and congregations on making their communities transgender-friendly. In recent years transgender people have begun to take a more visible place in the LGBT and wider communities. Many non-trans people want to be respectful of transgender community members and want their community to be trans-friendly and welcoming, but they don't necessarily know how to do that or where to begin. This guide is intended to answer some common questions and to provide some basic ways to make your synagogue more trans-friendly. There is a lot more information out there and many creative ideas that have yet to be invented. Just like other Jews, transgender Jews want to participate in community as their whole, true selves. Every shul has transgender members. It is up to each community to decide how welcoming it will be and whether transgender people will find there a safe and affirming place to study, grow, celebrate and contribute.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Gender, Language, Homosexuality, LGBT Issues, Outreach, GLBT Issues, Inclusion, Diversity, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

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Genre: Guide

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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