LGBTQ Rights

On October 4, 2019, the Jewish Center for Justice’s Lawyers’ Committee, in collaboration with the ACLU of Southern California, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and USC OUTLaw, hosted a Lawyers’ Briefing call on the LGBTQ discrimination cases before the Supreme Court during its October Term 2019 (Bockstock v. Clayton CountyGeorgia and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda).

Listen to the full call below (start at 8:50).

As part of our mission to ensure that all people are treated with dignity, respect, and equality, the Jewish Center for Justice rejects any attempt to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We support the right of LGBTQ people to live openly and without fear, and while same-sex couples are now free to marry, LGBTQ individuals still face discrimination in many areas including housing, employment, and the justice system. While some invoke religion as a shield for discrimination, our tradition informs the belief that all people should be treated equally and justly regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


Connections: Jewish Sources

At a time when the community is suffering, no one should say, “I will go home, eat, drink, and be at peace with myself.” — Talmud Bavli Ta’aint 11A

And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. — Leviticus 26:6

An Androginus (a hermaphrodite, who has both male and female reproductive organs) is similar to men in some, and to women in other ways, in some ways to both, and in some ways to neither. Rabbi Meir says: Androginus is a (gender) category of its own, (because) the rabbis could not decipher whatever s/he is a man or a women. However a Tumtum is not so, as at times s/he is fully male, and at times s/he is fully female (but we can’t tell which). — Mishnah Bikkurim 4:1-5

Our Sages 2000 years ago in the Talmud, recognize additional gender categories of androgynous and tumtum, indicating the legitimacy and need to advocate for the rights of individuals of all gender identities.

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