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Nov 14, 2011
The two major identities that stick out for me are my Jewish and Queer identities. Anytime I see or read something about the intersectionality between the two, I get extra emotional.
This week was the first ever orthodox ordained gay wedding.
In the Torah, we do have that line that says a man shall not lie with another man. In the reform, reconstructionalist, and conservative movements, these sorts of unions have become more popular. But, for a long time, the orthodox group would not hold these unions due to stricter following of the scripture.
Religion, in connection with queer identity, is often a conflict for us young people to face. Depending on the community you are in, in Judaism, many times there is wiggle room for support. The main conflict is between queer Jews and the orthodox union. I am lucky to have the air of support from my family.
When I went to Israel this summer, I was lucky to have enjoyed Tel Aviv pride. I met some awesome people from their queer organization called the AGUDA. It was one of the best prides I had ever been to. In Israel, the none-orthodox population is far less homophobic then general American society. I am glad to be a part of a culture that can be more accepting of queer identities.
I know some other religious groups do have these pockets for youth to feel safe being who they are. But I know it can sometimes be difficult to find. You have to find what works for you. If religion is important to you, then do the best you can to make it work. If religion is not something you want to have in your life then also do the best you can to make it work. Isn’t that what life is all about? Making it work? Just don’t ever lose yourself in the process.
Resources to check out:
“For The Bible Tells Me So” – A film documenting queer people and their religious identities.
“Trembling Before G-d” – The film delves deeply into the topic of being queer in the orthodox Jewish world.
-Shaily of Youth Resource