Reform Judaism Orlando Talks Transgenders

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest Jewish movement in the United States is poised to pass the most far-reaching resolution on transgender rights of any major religious organization.

Members of the 1.5 million-person Reform Jewish movement on Thursday will consider a resolution that affirms the equality of transgender people and welcomes them into congregations and other institutions.

The resolution by the Union for Reform Judaism calls for congregations and camps to have gender-neutral bathrooms, encourages gender-neutral language at institutions and suggests training on gender issues for religious school staff.

It’s being voted on at the movement’s biennial conference in Orlando, Florida.

A spokesman for the advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign says a handful of other U.S. religious bodies have passed pro-transgender resolutions, but none have gone as far as the one offered by the Union for Reform Judaism.