The month of June is LGBT Pride Month, originally designed to to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were a major tuyrning point for LGBT issues in the United States. Today, Pride Month is observed in communities across the country with parades, festivals, and other joyful events that celebrate the LGBT community, as well as with educational elements and memorials to honor those who have died of hate crimes and HIV/AIDS.
Reform Jews are committed to the full participation of gays and lesbians in synagogue life, as well as society at large. As it says in Genesis 1:27, “And God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them.” This guides Reform Jews' support for equality and inclusion.
In the Reform Jewish community, many congregations celebrate Pride Month by holding a "Pride Shabbat" and by sending a contingent to march in their local pride parades. Keshet, an organization that works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life, has made available a number of great resources to help Jews celebrate Pride Month and show their support for LGBT equality. Here's a sample of what they offer:
- Check out this list of Pride Month events throughout the Jewish community to find an event near you or contact Keshet to have your community's event added to the list.
- Tell the world you support equality! Keshet offers printable posters and downloadable graphics (including the graphic you see on this page!), which are great for marching in pride parades or sharing on Facebook.
- Year-round, Keshet offers a resource database of articles, rituals, poetry, sermons, and more, all related to LGBT equality and inclusion in Jewish life and beyond.
Learn more about the Reform Movement and LGBT equality from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and stay tuned to this blog all month for Jewish LGBT stories written by and for Reform Jews. Happy Pride Month!