Nobody has the right to call you “fag”, “dyke”, or any other LGBTQ+ directed slur. You do not have to stand for it because it’s “normal” or because a friend called you it. You have the right to live your life free of negativity of any kind directed towards you based on sexuality or gender - don’t take shit from ANYBODY.
Secret Deodorant Debuts Groundbreaking Transgender Ad
A new deodorant commercial released this week perfectly captures the anxiety that some transgender people face while having to navigate public restrooms.
The latest commercial in the Secret #Stress Test ad campaign features a young transgender person working up the courage to leave the bathroom stall and face other women in a public restroom. The tagline reads, “Dana finds courage to show there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”
“And God created humankind in God’s own Image, God created them: male and female, God created them.” (Gen. 1:27)
In and out of Synagogue, we pray to the One who created us in Their Image. We feel obligated to show everyone the same basic respect as people are בצלמו, in God’s Image. As Jews and human beings we are curious by nature and therefore we honor the wonderful research that medical professionals have made in the fields of gender, romantic and sexuality identities as well as in mental health.
Although the text specifically mentions זכר ונכבה, male and female, we understand that the ancient biblical writers who interpreted God’s creations did not have an understanding of gender other than man and woman. But the texts mention of multiple genders (rather than simply אדם, man) can illicit contemporary understandings of the text. One can interpret it to mean that God created all people, thus all of our genders.
Those who experience a gender that is not cisgender, or a sexual/romantic identity that is not straight, are holy. Their holiness teaches the rest of society to become more tolerant.
Conversion therapy is child abuse. There is no grey area. There is no wiggle room. The fuckers that practice it are abusers. The fuckers who send their children off to be “converted” are abusers. Assholes who say “I wouldn’t do it, but that’s their rights as parents.” are abuse apologists.