My Journey Embracing My Gender Identity To Teach And Embody Authentic Jewish Living
On my 50th birthday I woke up to the loneliest, most disconnected and painful day of my life. I had no more energy to continue breathing air into someone else’s body while I myself was becoming lifeless.
That day I made the monumental decision to begin my gender transition journey.
After decades of struggle, my physical body would finally align with my thoughts and feelings ― with what I’ve always known to be my true gender. But despite this, after that transition, I still didn’t feel whole.
Gender identity dysphoria accompanied me at birth 68 years ago, severely impacting most of my life. I was born on Long Island as Jeffrey Scott Smith, but I never felt right putting breath into what I felt was someone else’s body, as if I was held captive in it.
It concludes: My long, deep journey to find my authentic self and live my truth brought me to where I am today. This peaceful, joyful life where I am able to share my journey ― and the tools that helped free me to live authentically ― is the truest gift in the world. I hope that my teachings, my journey and my encouragement can help others live as their authentic spiritual selves with joy, compassion and gratitude.
Read the complete article here at Huffington Post.