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It Gets Beautiful: One Rabbi's Perspective on Being Jewish and LGBTQ

It Gets Beautiful: One Rabbi's Perspective on Being Jewish and LGBTQ

Commented May 24, 2011 at 23:51:26 in Religion

“I've never used a blog before but this came to me through a jewish gay organisation in Australia. I too am a gay jew and I appreciate articles such as yours.

I come from a religious orthodox family and spent a few years worrying about how they may respond to my identity. I hate to use the word fortunate, so let me say that i have been blessed with a loving family who show greater understanding for my identity that I could have ever expected.

I came out at 18 and am now in my early 20's. I am continually being directed towards other gay jews of the world who share similar stories to mine. Based on the limited stories i encounter of struggles in the previous generation, I have hope that we are seeing a change. A change of acceptance and a change of beauty.

So I wanted to express my gratitude to you and everyone who reads, follows and comments on your blog. It is those like yourself that instil pride in gay jews - and for this, i thank you.”

hp blogger Rabbi Andrea Myers on May 25, 2011 at 01:48:22

“Thank you, Philip - for your strength, for your courage. I am so glad you wrote.”