Lavender Seder 2018

Welcome to CJJ's #LavenderSeder2018! Because March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) and Pesach (Passover), we've created this resource to help you discuss transgender issues at your seder table. Below, you'll find some fun facts about the intersection between trans issues and Pesach, a video interview with Jewish leaders in the trans community, and a discussion guide. 

CJJ participates in the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. You can check out the Passover Resources Roundup here.

STEP 1 - Facts about Passover and Transgender Day of Visibility:

Step 2 - An Interview with Zeke, Executive Director of Tranzmission, and Lea, a transgender rabbinical student:

Step 3 - A Guide to Help You Discuss the Video:


1. Lea posits that her experience with Passover is inherently queer. What are the connections you can make between the story of exodus and queer liberation?

2. What are contemporary issues that are plaguing queer communities today? How does this differ among generations at the table?

3. If you are someone or someone’s who live in the south, how has your southern experience shaped your passover experience? 

4. How can everyone at this table (fight) towards queer liberation? Go around and give one liberatory act each. ex: “When introducing myself to new people, I will start the practice of stating my name and my pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them, etc.).” This will normalize the practice that is crucial to protecting and normalizing transgender/gender nonconforming identity, making a safer community for everyone.

Helpful terms and resources:

Transgender: Transgender/Trans: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The term transgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual  orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life. Note that  transgender does not have an “ed” at the end. 

Nonbinary (Also Non-Binary): Preferred umbrella term for all genders other than female/male or woman/man, used as an  adjective (e.g. Jesse is a nonbinary person). Not all nonbinary people identify as trans and not all  trans people identify as nonbinary. Sometimes (and increasingly), nonbinary can be used to describe  the aesthetic/presentation/expression of a cisgender or transgender person.

Queer: General term for gender and sexual minorities who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual.  There is a lot of overlap between queer and trans identities, but not all queer people are trans and not all trans people are queer. The word queer is still sometimes used as a hateful slur, so although it has mostly been reclaimed, be careful with its use. 

NC House Bill 2: March 23rd, 2016 bans individuals from using public bathrooms that don’t align with  what was assigned to them at birth. It prevents cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect queer and trans people.

NC House Bill 142: March 30, 2017 repeals HB2, returning the ordinance to where Charlotte was before HB2 was passed, but prevents any similar future ordinances to be passed, adds new language and  restrictions on bathrooms and, blocks local governments from regulating public accommodations or private employment practices. 

"Why Trans People Need More Visibility" from Trans Student Educational Resources