Reform Jews Approve Transgender Rights

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Judaism’s largest movement has approved the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization.

Members of the Union for Reform Judaism passed a resolution Thursday affirming equal rights for transgender people at the group’s biennial meeting in Orlando. There was no opposition on the voice vote.

The resolution calls for congregations and camps to have gender-neutral bathrooms, encourages gender-neutral language at Reform Jewish institutions, suggests training on gender issues for religious school staff and encourages advocating on behalf of the transgender community.

Other religious organizations have passed pro-transgender resolutions, but none go as far as the one proposed by the Union for Reform Judaism.