Today, LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish spaces is a necessary topic of discussion as an increasing number of individuals openly identify as LGBTQ. At the same time, many LGBTQ people, especially transgender and non-binary youth, do not yet feel that their Jewish spaces are able to affirm their full selves. In this course, we will discuss terms and concepts to increase participants’ LGBTQ cultural comptency (including the differences between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, sexual orientation, and attraction), explore how Jewish values and tradition make space for LGBTQ inclusion, and learn best practices for making sure all aspects of Jewish community are inclusive and affirming of our LGBTQ friends, family, and community members.
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the differences between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, sexual orientation and attraction
- Explain examples from both text and tradition that promote the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals
- Identify and implement best practices to build more inclusive and affirming LGBTQ spaces.