Hasidic trans activist shares story
She was born a boy in one of the most gender-segregated cultures. This is Abby Stein’s story of transition.
A story of a trans individual to be share them widely
Trans activist Abby Stein was born a boy in Brooklyn in a Hasidic community — one of the world's most gender-segregated cultures. Growing up, she says her community noticed something different about her. But her parents had her life mapped out for her — as the first son in her family, she would become a rabbi and get married at 18. After her son’s birth in 2012, she went online for the first time and realized she needed to leave her community.
Abby Stein knows her life story is a bit novel
“I know that my before and after pictures are more radical than most before and after pictures to no credit of my own, simply because of where I was born. And I think it's very easy for people to just read this and see it as a cool story. But I really want this to be a story that people can relate to. I'm talking to an extreme, — like since 5-6 years old, people were being raised as boys are told not to talk with people being raised as girls. The entire education system literally from preschool, is segregated by gender. I think there were two major motivators behind this idea of becoming a rabbi. Part of me really wanted to do my best and really believe that maybe if I invest everything that I have in being the best Hasidic person that I could think of, all these questions that I have in all these struggles that I have, I'm just going to go away.
**Rebelling against tradition **
She wasn’t alone in this kind of journey. LGBTQIA organizations and nonprofits like Footsteps — which helps people leaving the ultra-Orthodox community — gave her support. She then had to learn everything about the American culture. She started her physical transition and officially came out in 2015. Now she's an activist and has written a memoir.