Sharing Queer Mikveh Stories
During the month of Pride, we’ll be highlighting blog posts written by members of the LGBTQ+ community. In our first post, Al Reitz shares about their conversion immersion, their relationship with their gender, and how the two are intrinsically linked.
“It was fall the first time I asked my mom if I looked handsome, about halfway through my process of becoming Jewish. It’s hard to forget a moment like that—something shifts. I had my chin up high, my button-down shirt layered under a leather jacket. I wasn’t sold on the word quite yet, wasn’t sure that a word like that could belong on my body, but I wanted to try. Uncharted territory, no longer pretty but something else, unknown. There was a point where “Jew” felt that way as well.”