El Paso Community College would like to introduce Abby Stein, a Jewish educator, speaker, and an activist for the Trans community, not only is she a voice for the Trans community but the LGBTQ community as well.
Stein was an ordained rabbi living in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Stein had never used the internet, spoke Yiddish and was in an arranged marriage with a women, but in 2012 Stein made the decision to leave the Chasidic world to explore what more the world had to offer.
COURTESY ABBY STEIN
Abby Stein will speak at the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex on March 7.
Not knowing anything about the internet stein had used it to figure out what she has been going through and what it could mean.
Then she found the word “transgender”, Three years after she had come out as an openly transgender women and that’s when her world change…but for the better.
When Stein came out her story had went viral and was covered by the New York Times, Daily Mail, NBC, CNN and more.
After the story went viral, others have come out and are able to relate to her story.
Stein has been given the chance to be the voice for those who are afraid to come out and be proud of who they are.
“I am here, I am queer, and I am proud of it. It’s important for our identities and ourselves to be fully visible, we will refuse to shut up.” Stein says.
While being here in El Paso, Abby will be visiting El Paso Community College on March 7th, 2019 this event will take place at the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm free of charge.She hopes that when she comes she will reach the audience in a way where they are able to stop tolerance and start celebrating.
“It’s time for people to stop tolerating LGBTQ people and start more of a celebration, because it truly is a beautiful thing.” Stein will also talk about giving more and more people the education needed when it comes to the LGBTQ community,
“We are bringing fresh perspectives, we are bringing a way in living in the world, especially when it comes to politics and policies.”
Stein hopes people will take a life lesson after listening to her speak and remembering that it’s possible to love yourself and have fun while being who you were meant to be or just being you in general.
“Know that being queer is not just okay but it is beautiful, it’s a cause for celebration. Either it’s from being an immigrant that’s queer or just an immigrant, being whatever culture or religious background or disability you might have, know that everything that makes you-you is beautiful.”