Stand with Trans hosts events for Jewish parents of LGBTQ+ youth

Through a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation, Stand with Trans will offer a series of workshops for Jewish parents who are raising LGBTQ+ children.

The topics discussed will include creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive community for Jewish families, parenting with love and acceptance, and hearing from those who’ve been through it all. The workshops will look at these topics through a Jewish lens, exploring how values and the Torah come into play.

When the son of Stand with Trans’ Executive Director, Hunter, first came out as a transgender male at age 13, the Keiths had nowhere to go for support. They felt alone and lost.

“Within the year, Temple Israel was calling with resources and let us know that our family was always welcome (at Temple),” said Roz Gould Keith, a Farmington Hills resident. “It’s a tough road and we feel blessed to have had the support of the Jewish community from the Frankel Jewish Academy to Temple to Camp Tamarack – everyone has had our backs.”

Stand with Trans is grateful that the Jewish Women’s Foundation recognized how important this work is and chose to provide funding in such a competitive market, she added.

The first event, on March 9, 7:30 p.m., at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, features speakers Rabbi Yonatan Dahlen, Dr. Daniel Shumer and Sara Wiener, MSW. At the second, on April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Rabbi Becca Walker and Monica Sampson, MSW, will present. During the third event, on May 7 at Temple Beth El at 7 p.m., a panel of parents and LGBTQ+ identified individuals will share their stories.

Light refreshments will be served at each event. To register, visit standwithtrans.org/upcoming-events/be-the-light. There is no charge to attend, and the workshops are open to the community.