Transgender study opens in archives


A reception was held at the London Metropolitan Archives to mark the launch of Liberal Judaism's project on transgender and faith, Twilight People, incorporating photographs, video, audio, memorabilia and ritual objects.

The LMA is hosting the collection and the reception also marked the launch of a related educational pack for schools and colleges. It is hoped the pack will be taken up by faith schools of all denominations.

Project manager Surat-Shaan Knan said: "This is the culmination of an 18-month Heritage Lottery Fund project that is indebted to the hard work of so many people."

Its launch was "very timely, as the government, media and public at large begin to truly listen to the stories of trans and gender non-conforming people and the intersection of faith, religion and ethnicity".

Among the guests was Rabbi Danny Rich, the Liberal Judaism chief executive, who pointed out that Jews appreciated "the value of an archive - especially one which explores a previously hidden history.

"I am so proud of the project, not only because we have all learnt so much but because it fulfils Liberal Judaism's mission to be a voice for those who are usually unheard."

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