While I was trying to start the GSA and realizing it was going to take a while, I was like, 'Hmm, there must be other Jewish queer teens in the Boston area who don't have a place to be gay and Jewish, and I can't really wait for New Jew, because it's taking too long.' So since I was already pretty close with Keshet folk, I talked to them about it and I got the name of someone from someone else that I was studying with. He called her a gay Jewish activist, and I was like, 'Wow!'...
So I called her up and I said, 'Doesn't it suck that there's nothing for GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] Jewish youth' and she said, 'Yeah, it sucks.' So she said, 'Do you want to do something?'... And I said, 'Yeah.' So we had a meeting, she brought her girlfriend ... and we just formed a group.
We had a meeting at the JCC. We decided that we were going to have a havdalah [ceremony to mark the end of the Jewish Sabbath] coffeehouse. We had it and it was amazing. There were like 30 people in the room for havdalah and this queer coffeehouse. It was amazing.
And then we made our own Pride Haggadah, which was an awesome experience. ... And then we had a seder, which was just so fun. During the Maggid we told our coming out stories and people's coming out stories were so funny. We're all so comfortable with ourselves, and we're a pretty liberal group, so the parents were pretty comfortable, so it was just the joy of being gay.
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