Gedalia Penner, right, hugging an ultra-Orthodox man at a Jewish Queer Youth event in New York. Abbie Sophia

What Really Happens to U.S. Orthodox Jews When They Come Out

Young Jews in the LGBTQ community often feel the need to live double lives, but now a New York-based group is empowering them to take pride in who they are

When Micah Thau was 15, he contemplated suicide. “I remember sitting on my bed nightly, crying and praying to God to change me,” he says. “I felt abandoned. It became unlivable.”

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