In Defense of Transgender Military Service Members

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A Wider Bridge is deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has reinstated President Trump’s partial ban on transgender people in the United States Military. Transgender Americans who wish to serve their country deserve the same respect and decency from their representative government as cisgender people. The administration’s proposed policies, which would strip trans people of […]

Meet Ofer Erez: The First Openly Trans Officer in the IDF

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Join A Wider Bridge to meet our newest grantee, Captain Ofer Erez,  October 10-25! Details “I was so nervous. I don’t remember anything from this talk.” That’s how the first openly transgender officer in the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Ofer Erez, recalls the time three years ago when he was training to be an officer and told his […]

How a High-Ranking Gay Navy Chaplain Retired With Pride

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On the anniversary of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal, Captain Jon Cutler, a Rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County, PA, shared about serving in secrecy – and finally breaking the news to his friends. In 2008, under the energetic US Navy chaplain serving with the Marines in Anbar Province, Iraq, a plywood […]

Harming Our Troops

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On Monday morning, Aug. 28, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the federal district court of Maryland challenging the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s transgender service member ban. A study done by the RAND Corporation (a non-partisan organization) and focused on Israel and three other countries (Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom), found that none […]

As A Jewish Trans Woman I’m Horrified By The New Military Ban

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Writer and transgender activist Hannah Simpson thinks that Donald Trump’s recent transgender military ban isn’t really about the army. She thinks that Trump is watching his administration crumble and must pander to his right-wing base before they jump his sinking ship. Regardless, Hannah calls American Jews to hold a clear line on inclusion, especially for […]

This Jewish Lesbian Activist Helped Take Down a Carjacking Ring — and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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Lesbian activistMiriam Ben-Shalom, who is well-known for her groundbreaking challenges to the military’s ban on gay and lesbian servicepeople,  helped Milwaukee police take down carjacking ring while on a romantic date with her life partner. Miriam Ben Shalom and her partner The night Miriam Ben-Shalom helped take down a Milwaukee carjacking ring started, incongruously, at the theater. […]