I didn't think it was going to be a big deal before [to speak in front of the school] but I stood up there and I was shaking. I'm not much of a speaker, you know I don't speak in general... and it felt weird to read my life off a piece of paper, but I was too afraid to look up. I knew I was just turning really red.
But I sat down and ... it was like, 'Wow, I really did it, ok, I'm grounded.' And then I looked up and people were clapping. I was like, 'People are clapping for me?' It was amazing. I really felt like I was part of the New Jew community for the first time then. They've accepted me in and I see that. It was amazing.... I knew I had a lot of allies out there and that felt so good...
People were talking about it for so long after, and to me personally, people who weren't there wanted to see what I wrote, and they were just hugging me for days after. It felt so good. And people were asking me questions and saying 'You know, I never knew it was like this for you, I'm really sorry.' And I was like, 'Thank you. I'm sorry I couldn't have told you this before.'
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