In terms of GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] stuff, Annie [Lederberg, the first full-time organizer for Keshet, Boston's Jewish Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Advocacy and Education Organization] has been amazing and I look up to her so much. She taught me a different mode of activism, just like the whole organizing theory and everything. So I would say she's my main person for GLBT stuff.
And in terms of being a feminist, Bonna [Haberman, a teacher at the New Jewish High School] has been really influential in my life. I guess she's a person who will just challenge everything and is really critical of society but has so much joy. And I think that's been hard in this process - being faithful that things will turn out right and being able to smile even when someone just said something really rude and obnoxious to you. So she's definitely taught me that.
And I'm really thankful to all the out teachers here - so thankful that they're able to be out. I know that they're really important to other students here, too... So I really look up to them. And also all the teachers who have been allies, and teachers have been allies in different ways. It's so important to be able to go to certain teachers and just complain about things or ask their opinion. Teachers have always been my role models. I think the rabbi who told me about my soul - she wasn't so important then and I don't really know her personally now, but her words have really affected me and have guided this whole process, so I think I owe a lot to her.
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