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Coming out (of Egypt)

Posted on by Amanda Rice

One of the earliest phrases I remember from the Passover seders goes like this: “I leave Egypt every day of my life, or I don’t.” There are many interpretations of this phrase. To me it means that, ultimately, our freedom rests with our choice to be free. We accept the freedom we are willing to work for.

In my life, it is also true that "I come out every day of my life, or I don’t.” I choose to expose my true self to the world, or I do not. It is a daily practice.

Over the past few weeks I have experienced a new kind of coming out, as I share with more and more people about the Queerituality project. Sharing this project requires me to be vulnerable in so many ways – about my sexuality, about my spirituality, and about my belief in myself and this project.

Just talking about Queerituality is a journey beyond the rules I long followed. I was taught that discussing sexuality could be dangerous. Talking about religion could be divisive. And let’s just say that #quitmyjobtotalkwithmarginalizedstrangers isn’t trending on Twitter. Yet.

Still, I choose every day to talk about Queerituality, even when I don't know whether the other person will be receptive. I have never felt called in the way I do now – called to make this project work, no matter the obstacles.

If you feel called to support this project, I hope you will share the word. The project is on Facebook at “Queerituality.” You can also suggest an interviewee via queerituality.com/suggest-a-stop.

Yours in freedom, equality and hope,
Mandi

p.s. As a great Hasidic commentator, the Slonimer Rebbe Sholom Noach Berezovsky, wrote: “It is upon every Jew to remember that it is her life’s work to leave Egypt, and […] to bring redemption to the world.”