Jonathan Shmidt Chapman is director, educator and producer of theater for young people and families in New York City. Jonathan shares his story of growing up as an Orthodox Jew and gay man as part of Keshet’s celebration of National Coming Out Day. Keshet works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Jewish life. This post originally appeared on Keshet’s blog on MyJewishLearning.
When I thought about my future as a kid, the image of a wedding would come into focus. A beautiful huppah, my beaming parents and adult me standing next to the love of my life with whom I’d build a Jewish family.