This past month, people throughout the country and around the world participated in LGBT Pride. In San Francisco, for the first time, 14 Reform Jewish congregations in the greater Bay Area marched together with 75 participants from URJ Camp Newman behind a Union for Reform Judaism banner. Inspired by the Jewish teachings about the equality and dignity of every human being, approximately 200 Jewish individuals came together for this momentous occasion and this public display of support. Check out the JWeekly article for more details.
Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, thousands of Israelis joined together for the 10th annual pride parade. The spirit of pride is sweeping the global community and LGBT advocates across the world. Even though there continue to be countries that condemn homosexuality, there are other countries outside the United States where acceptance and support is growing.
June Pride month allows us to celebrate the achievements and honor the history of the LGBT community. We take this month every year to recognize that while the movement for LGBT equality has come so far, we still have work to do. We continue to fight to guarantee respect for marriage and the freedom to marry. We continue to fight for employment non-discrimination under law and equal workplace opportunities. We continue to fight for equal adoption laws so that every child can have a family and every hopeful adult, whether gay, straight, transgender or single has a chance of being a parent. This June marks the start of another year of accomplishments and another year of history-making.