Early on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons protested following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 43 Christopher Street, in NYC. This and further protests over the following nights created a milestone moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement. As a result of this initial step, and many that came afterwards, the month of June was chosen for LGBTQ Pride Month.
Our support of LGBTQ rights is based on the very basic belief that all human beings are created b’tselem Elohim (in the Divine image). That all humans are created in the image of God means that every person, every soul, whether they self identify as transgender or lesbian or gay, bisexual, or questioning, we welcome them and embrace who they are. An expression of LGBTQ Pride by straight and cis-gender allies is a statement in support of human dignity and civil rights. I look forward to making this statement as a congregation at our services this coming Shabbat, as we celebrate LGBTQ Pride.