Out and Proud Trans Jew

Author: Surat-Shaan Knan
Source: Jewish News
Published: March 30, 2016

According to Surat-Shaan, a transgender Jewish man, visibility is not enough anymore and never was enough for some trans and gender nonconforming people of faith.

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Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe, while fighting transphobia and cissexism.

Many in the wider Jewish community will have heard of Transgender Day of Remembrance, but TDOV is very different – it’s not a day for mourning, but one of empowerment and celebration.

This year’s day has the theme and hashtag #MoreThanVisibility – with a call to use visibility as a vital tool for justice.

But how does this theme resonate with trans people of faith? Has being more visible helped trans Jews, like me, in the UK and worldwide?

In the past two years we have certainly seen increased global coverage of trans issues in the mainstream media, and celebrity coming out stories a la Caitlyn Jenner.

Visibility has certainly has had the effect that most people nowadays would have come across the word transgender. It helps. But does it help everyone? And has this ‘mainstreaming’ made things better overall?

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