When I came to New Jew I joined Amnesty, and we were talking about human rights and I was like, 'Hmm, part of Amnesty's agenda is GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] rights, so I'll just be part of that.' So that was the first time. I think I talked about it a lot - that was the first thing, just trying to raise people's awareness.
People were ok with it, because it wasn't about me yet, I was just the creative girl, I wasn't a lesbian yet, they didn't get it. So that was the first time I think I tried to raise awareness and it was fine. It got kind of sticky when it was about me, because then people had to relate to me in my face and it was harder, they couldn't push it away...
So from there I started talking with students and got them involved. We formed a Diversity Alliance which planned the first GLBT beis midrash [community forum]... I talked with a lot of them one-to-one, I told them my story. I think it was really the beis midrash that got people questioning on a larger level.
How to Cite This Page
For a bibliography:
Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Shulamit Izen on PATH TO ACTIVISM." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.
For a footnote:
Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Shulamit Izen on PATH TO ACTIVISM," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.