As we celebrate this month of Pride, I take a moment in time to reflect on the many trailblazers who enabled me to have a photo with my husband in colorful shirts. We could not have done this so easily early in my rabbinate. I am very grateful.
Some of the trailblazers were out. Others were closeted. Some spoke their minds while others quietly lived their truths.
Some got under my skin.
Some made me nervous (as I thought that my association with them would “out” me).
Some shared a secret language.
Some spoke with resonance.
All made a difference, because Pride comes in all colors!
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro