Ultra-Orthodox and trans

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When Abby Stein came out as trans, she sent shock waves through the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community. A direct descendant of Hasidic Judaism’s founder, The Baal Shem Tov, Abby’s parents considered her their first-born son and a future rabbi – but she was adamant that she was a girl.

My dad is a rabbi, and having a son was a big deal. He would always tell me that after five girls he had almost given up on having a boy, and how much it meant to him. I almost felt bad for him throughout my childhood – a feeling of: “I’m so sorry, but I can’t give you what you want.”

I didn’t know there were other people like me, but I knew what I felt – I just saw myself as a girl.

I sometimes wish that I’d had a teacher who was transphobic, because that would have meant I knew trans people existed. In the Hasidic community they simply never spoke about it.

What kept me sane during my childhood was my imagination.

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3 thoughts on “Ultra-Orthodox and trans

  1. You feel what you are happy being. If you want to be a girl be one, You are not the only one who feels that way I am 48 and I won’t to be female I have got feeling that I wan’t to be one.

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