All Gender Bathroom Sign

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WHY IS THIS BATHROOM
ALL-GENDER?
Because it’s important that all members
of our community feel safe and included.
For many transgender people and people who don’t conform
to societal gender norms, using a public restroom is a daily
struggle. Trans and gender expansive people are often
harassed, physically assaulted, or questioned by authorities
in both men’s and women’s bathrooms if they are assumed to be in the wrong bathroom.
All-gender restrooms provide access to safe bathrooms and changing areas for people
of any gender identity and presentation. They also provide safe spaces for those who
need the assistance of a personal care attendant or those with small children.

A Survey of Orthodox (Jewish) Parents with LGBT Children

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In February 2016, Eshel sent a confidential survey to approximately 300 Orthodox and traditional Jewish parents with LGBT children. Over 100 parents completed the survey. This report describes the findings, including comments by parents to illustrate or further describe their answers.
This survey is a first of its kind. It is the first time Orthodox parents of LGBT children have voiced their perceptions as a group both by “voting” on various choices presented by each question, as well as by commenting on each question and the situation the question posed to them and their families. While the findings are not statistically significant, we believe that the survey accurately reflects respondents’ feelings and experiences.
The survey’s theme is community and the sense of belonging or rejection these parents and families – and in particular, their LGBT child – feel once the child has come out. The survey has defined community by polling parents about their synagogue, their rabbi, friends, family, as well as their child’s school and camp.
This survey is by no means the final view into the world of Orthodox parents and their LGBT children. For instance, we discovered that most of the parents who participated had older children who long ago attended camp or graduated from a Jewish day school. Consequently, the answers to these questions were under-represented and allowed us only a cursory view. These are situations to be explored further. Nonetheless, we believe this survey has opened an important door for the Jewish community and its leaders, allowing them to appreciate the challenges parents encounter when a child comes out.
Eshel’s mission is to build community, compassion, understanding and inclusion in the Orthodox community for LGBT Jews. We welcome any questions about this survey and it findings.

Gender Diversity and Judaism: National Council of Jewish Women Guide

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Jewish texts teach that all people are created in the image of G-d, b’tzelem Elohim, and the Talmud, the Jewish legal code, emphasizes that all Jewish people are responsible for one another. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) community bring a dynamic understanding and energy to the Jewish community. Unfortunately, members of this community continue to face both legal and societal discrimination. As Jews, we know that transgender individuals have dignity and worth and deserve freedom from violence, fear, and systemic injustices.
This guide explores gender diversity and pronouns, answers frequently asked questions, offers tips for making your NCJW section gender inclusive, and links to additional resources to learn more.

The Intersection of Race, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status, Trans Identity, and Mental Health Outcomes

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The present study examined patterns in trans individuals’ multiple identities
and mental health outcomes. Cluster 1 (socioeconomic and racial privilege; n =
239) was characterized by individuals who identified as trans women or crossdressers,
lesbian, bisexual, or questioning; had associates degrees; reported
household incomes of $60,000 or more a year; and were non-Latino White.
Cluster 2 (educational privilege; n = 191) was characterized by individuals who
identified as trans men or genderqueer, gay, or queer; had a bachelor’s degree;
reported household incomes of $10,000 or less a year; and were people of color.
There was a pattern of individuals in Cluster 1 who identified with two privileged
identities (identifying as White and having higher household incomes), whereas
individuals in Cluster 2 identified only formal education as a privilege. Individuals
in Cluster 2 reported statistically significant levels of anxiety. Implications of
these results for future research and clinical practice are examined.

Major Site Update Completed

I recently finished a major site update. I uploaded an additional 200 or so resource documents. I also added folders for personal stories, Spanish language documents and one for faith communities. A large number of documents deal with school and social transition while attending school with samples of how to approach the school’s administration. Under the tab”Blog Posts and Updates” all of the new documents are listed.

On the Team: Equal Opputrunity for Transgender Student Athletes

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The purpose of this report is to provide guidance to high school and collegiate athletic programs
about how to ensure transgender student athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to school sports
teams. In October 2009 the National Center for Lesbian Rights and It Takes A Team!, an Initiative of
the Women’s Sports Foundation, co-sponsored a national think tank entitled “Equal Opportunities
for Transgender student athletes.” Think Tank participants included leaders from the National
Collegiate Athletic Association and the National High School Federation, transgender student
athletes, and an impressive array of experts on transgender issues from a range of disciplines—law,
medicine, advocacy, and athletics. The think tank goals were to develop model policies and identify
best practices for high school and collegiate athletic programs to ensure the full inclusion of
transgender student athletes.
This think tank report includes best practice and policy recommendations for high school and
collegiate athletic programs about providing transgender student athletes with equal opportunities
to participate in school-based sports programs. In addition to specific policy recommendations
for both high school and college athletics, the report provides guidance for implementing these
policies to ensure the safety, privacy, and dignity of transgender student athletes as well as their
teammates. Specific best practice recommendations are provided for athletic administrators,
coaches, student athletes, parents, and the media.

Listing of Resources and Information

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Excel spreadsheet listing information on the following:

  • Online sources for information
  • Social support groups
  • Parent groups
  • National support groups
  • Resource drop-ins
  • Facebook online groups
  • Health organizations
  • Medical providers
  • Mental health providers
  • Centers for Trans folks
  • Advocacy/Legal
  • Name change
  • Housing
  • Other resources
  • Gear/Products
  • PDF’s/Articles/Podcasts
  • Conferences
  • Books
  • Movies/TV

Guidelines for Creating Policies for Transgender Children in Recreational Sports

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All children deserve the opportunity to play recreational sports. This publication
provides basic information about how athletic associations and teams can create
policies that welcome all children, including transgender children. This document
specifically addresses policies appropriate for transgender children prior to
adolescence.

The WHY, WHEN, and HOW of Coming Out

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Why does a person “come out?” There actually isn’t any one answer. People may
choose to disclose things all the time about themselves, whether its about
something that happened in their past, their sexuality, or in some instances, that
they are transgender. A person has a right to privacy, and no one should take that
right away from a person. However, you might find yourself in a position of wanting
to share something about yourself to a new friend, a long time close friend, or even
to someone you like. We just want it to be your choice.

My Gender Journey

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