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Old June 12th, 2021 #188
Stewart Meadows
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From the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:

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Transgender Bathrooms Are a Human Rights Struggle - and a Jewish Imperative


As Jews our responsibility is to embrace the gender identity of each individual not only in our communities but in society at large. That means repealing transphobic legislation like North Carolina's HB2.

Jesse Olitzky
May. 22, 2016

(...) But the fight over HB2 is more than a civil rights struggle; it's a human rights struggle. And as Jews, we have a particular imperative to treat it as such.

As Jews, we have an obligation to see each individual as made in God's image. Each individual is unique and created differently. We are not God, and therefore, it is not for us to put parameters on the divine nature or image of another person. Rather, we should honor each individual as divine, regardless of one’s gender identity. Even the rabbis of the Talmud understood that we do not live in a gender binary system. We find six different gender identities in the Talmud. This Talmudic precedent suggests that we should not only acknowledge one's gender identity, but also celebrate it.
https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/trans...tive-1.5385053