A Jewish Guide to Marking Transgender Day of Remembrance

Every year on November 20, people around the world honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes all the people who have been killed simply for openly expressing their gender identity. TDoR is used as a day to raise awareness about transgender issues and transphobia (the fear and/or hatred of non-conforming gender identities), and to educate the public about the injustices done to the trans* community. Many trans* identifying people also take the opportunity to “come out” to their family and friends.

Keshet, “a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life,” has prepared a comprehensive manual on how to mark TDoR in your Jewish community. The manual includes testimonies from transgender Rabbis like Elliot Kukla and Reuben Zellman, who have each made headlines for being both open about their identity and devout in their Jewish faith.

Click here to read and download the manual!

Note: The term “trans*”, including the asterisk (*) is used as an umbrella terms for all non-conforming gender identities, including transgender, transsexual, intersex, bigender, etc. For a better understanding of these terms, take a look at Sam Killerman’s “A Comprehensive List of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions”.

– JSource Editor