Do you feel strongly that you are both, a transgender Jew and a queer Jew? It can be tough to grow up Jewish or be a Jew of choice AND identify as LGBTQIQAP.
Some therapists can be well-meaning but oblivious about common Jewish experiences, let alone what it might look like to be a queer Jew.
Some people are scared to come out to their parents that their sweetie is a Nice Jewish (or not so Jewish) Boy and not the Nice Jewish Girl that their parents expected them to date.
Others can feel terrified that coming out as a lesbian will mean that their parents will sit shiva for them as if they had died or that their parents will disown them.
It can be frightening to think about one’s own gender or sexual identity, let alone think about how these orientations or identities will affect your Jewish faith and community.
Here at Waves, we will provide a space for you to explore your sexual orientation, gender identity(ies), faith, and/ or religion and make decisions based on what feels right for you!
Dr. Abigail "Abi" Weissman has extensive training in working with queer, trans and Jewish populations. She has served on the board of directors and has run a trans inclusive women's chavurah (group) at a San Francisco LGBTQIQA - focused synagogue.
She’s also spoken at Jewish trans and queer events, including Transkeit.