Gender & Sexual Identity

Throughout our lives as we explore the world around us, we also discover elements of ourselves. For the LGBTIQ community the process of coming out, transitioning, and experimenting with gender and sexual identity may come with public or private struggles for acceptance, some which may be difficult or painful. Through ritual we can honor the range of emotions and experiences along this journey, support each other to become our true and best selves, and celebrate what makes each of us special and unique.
 

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“We ask your blessing upon our community, the holy assembly of all transgender people”
person holding white umbrella with multi-colored paint or sparkles raining down over them

We see each other and we honor our journeys and those yet to come.

Responsive Reading for Coming Out

“Rainbows and storms go hand in hand”

Rainbows and Storms: A Queer Poem

“To see oneself as completely whole in living”

Pride Shabbat Blessing from an Ally

“May the Holy One instill in us the wisdom to know our liberations are entwined together.”

Birkat Hodesh Ga’avah: A Blessing for Pride Month
“Our hands do not lace, like the tzitzit. / I wish they would.”
I Feel Then a Tear: A Prayer in the Eyes of a Queer Man

Prayer honoring one’s gender identity

She’asani Ish V’ishah

A ritual for receiving a new Hebrew name after gender transition

Transgender Renaming Ceremony

celebrating a gender transition

Ceremony of Affirmation and Renaming

Printable mikveh guide with blessings and kavannot

Rebirthing Ourselves to Rebuild Our World: A Feminist Mikveh Guide

The Reconstructionist Network

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