This past weekend I attended an NUJLS (National Union of Jewish LGBTQ Students) conference held at my university. What can I say? It was awesome. Great people, good food, intense learning sessions.
Though no one there was quite doing Judaism the way I do it (some did "more", some "less"), seeing other LGBTQ Jews being both Jewish and Queer reassured me that it can be done, that I needn't shut the door on either part of my identity. I can be a proud Jew, and a proud lesbian, and a proud Jewish lesbian.
The coolest moment of the conference was when someone stopped me to double check my gender identity. I was wearing a pink polo, dress pants, red flowered clogs and a pink kippah. I was talking about being a Jewish adult woman, and someone stopped me to ask, "Wait, you identify as female, right?" I just said yes and the conversation kept going. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but looking back, it was infinitely cool, both that it happened and how it happened. I felt very validated, both because someone thought to ask and because the other answer would have been OK with her.
I also recently came out to a friend to whom I was in, hiding because I was afraid of her reaction. She was accepting, however, and now I don't have to worry about that relationship anymore!
I am a lesbian Jew, and a Jewish lesbian, and I am proud.
"Don't tell God how big your storm is; tell your storm how big your God is."
I believe in God.
I believe in God.
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- I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!