At the heart of most Pride parades in America, you will see religious congregations marching. Unfortunately, like many of my sisters and brothers who identify as both LGBT and religious, I find that sometimes I am asked to choose between my identities.
After I converted to ultra-Orthodox Judaism, I began to take on an entirely new life. I moved 200 miles to Brooklyn, guided only by faith. I spoke Yiddish, my style of dress was distinct, my thought process was Talmudic. But I was still gay. And this would eat at me the entire time.