Yom Rivii, 22 Heshvan 5780
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
LJ’s Surat part of Israel’s first parliamentary transgender consultation

Liberal Judaism’s Surat Shaan Knan took part in Israel’s first ever parliamentary transgender consultation.

Twilight People project manager Surat was invited after attending the LGBT Leadership Conference 2015 in Tel Aviv.

Surat said: “Being part of Israel's first ever transgender consultation at the Knesset, the Parliament, was a true privilege. History in the making.

“It was also a very emotional and intense experience. When trans youths told their stories of struggles and victory, even the MPs were weeping - tears of joy and pain.

“The message by both ruling party and the opposition was the same: we must fight for equality and against discrimination.”

A young trans person then told the Knesset: “I can build a life without the mark of being trans on my head – not because I’m not proud of being trans (trans are the coolest) but because I want to choose to be visible or not for myself. I’m trans, but I’m also a person.”

Surat attended the LGBT Leadership Conference 2015 in Tel Aviv thanks to A Wider Bridge and the Ritual Reconstructed project - www.ritualreconstructed.com - an AHRC project lead by Bucks University and in partnership with Liberal Judaism.

The theme of the '40 Years of Pride' celebrations in Tel Aviv was transgender rights and visibility.

For more details visit the A Wider Bridge website -> http://awiderbridge.org/trans-visibility-and-empowerment/