The Reform Jewish movement is set to pass the most trans-inclusive resolution of any of the major religious organizations in the US.
The movement’s biennial conference in Orlando, Florida, is considering a resolution that calls for all congregations and camps to have gender-neutral bathrooms and encourages the use gender-neutral language.
‘Within our congregations, this is a natural evolution rather than some wholesale departure or new direction, Barbara Weinstein, director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, the Associated Press.
‘This is very much of a piece of what it means to be a Reform Jew.’
Other US religious bodies, such as the Episcopal church, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, have all approved resolutions affirming equality for transgender people.
But the Humans Rights Campaign said the Reform Jews’ one was the most far-reaching.
According to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center, there are more than 6 million Jews in the US, more than a third of whom are part of the Reform movement.