On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Jews join in to show support

Love and acceptance were the day’s watchwords at JQ’s Trans Equality Brunch in Los Angeles; Caro Barkowitz calls for making congregations or Jewish communities trans friendly all year long.

For most, the experience of growing up as the Jewish child of a transgender father is recognizable only as the plot of the television series “Transparent.” But for Jackie Malie Mason, that was her childhood.

“Before my father rose from her ashes [as an out transgender woman], my relationship with Judaism wasn’t very passionate,” she said. But watching her mother’s Jewish family accept her father “with open arms,” even when her father’s own non-Jewish family didn’t, showed her that Judaism is a faith of “love and acceptance — and horseradish on Passover.”

Mason spoke on a panel to a group of some 70 people gathered on Nov. 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance, at the West Hollywood headquarters of JQ International.

Love and acceptance were the day’s watchwords at JQ’s Trans Equality Brunch, the largest gathering ever focused on transgender issues for the organization, an alliance of the Jewish and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

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A Call to Action After Trans Day of Remembrance

Trans Day of Remembrance is about remembering the lives we have unfortunately lost in the past, and it is also about working toward never losing more lives again.

Make your congregation or Jewish community more trans friendly. 

My social media feeds on Transgender Day of Remembrance are always full of heartfelt posts. I see heart wrenching statuses, tweets and pictures all about the legacy that was left for the trans people of today, and all the work that we still have to get done. But I never simply post something and think that my job is done. Remembering is so much more than that.

For me, this day is also a reminder to take action. It is a reminder that the work we have to do is never truly done. From the Stonewall Riots, which were largely led by trans women of color, to the aftermath of the Orlando Shooting, this community has come so far and yet we still have so far to go. Continue reading on My Jewish Learning