We salute the strength and bravery of Jewish parents like Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Rabbi Daniel Bogard, and Senator Karen Berg who are at the forefront of fighting these dangerous bills in their home states of Missouri and Kentucky.
Maharat Picker Neiss told KSMU Ozarks Public Radio, “I have been devastated by the progress of these bills. I don’t think that anyone can fully express the damage that these bills have already caused and are going to cause to individuals across our state, particularly trans youth. They have allowed for people to think that this is appropriate behavior, that it is OK to specifically target one group of people and discriminate against the population.”
As Jews, this is a story we know too well. And we know that none of us are free until all of us are free.
Take action: If your community is directly affected by anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, give testimony, join a protest, and amplify the voices of trans folks in your community.
Take action: If your state is not the focus of these attacks, reach out to your colleagues in communities where they are.
Our children have no agenda but to live their lives. The Torah demands of us: “You must not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor” (Vayikra 19:16).
We call upon you to recognize: today is the day to stand for trans youth and all LGBTQ+ rights. Now is the time when the Jewish community must respond to those who sow fear with our deepest love and our strongest determination for a future of dignity, equality, and justice.