Have you ever wondered about the “T” in LGBT? Have you ever heard someone mention LGBTQI and wished you knew what the “I” stood for? Join us for an evening of gender exploration and personal stories. We’ll hear firsthand from two Jewish 30-somethings: Rafi Daugherty, a transgender Jewish man, and Bobbie Rosenberg, an intersex Jewish woman. This panel-style discussion will blow the gender binary right out of the water! There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
Drinks and appetizers provided.
Bobbie Rosenberg, a Denver native, began his involvement in grassroots organizations when he served as President of his high school organization, Teens in Action, raising awareness of LGBTQI concerns amongst his peers, and working with faculty members to create a safe and inclusive school setting. His early activities created a much needed foundation, as he went on to serve as Vice President and later President of Common Ground, the LGBTQI and Straight Alliance campus organization while completing a degree in Paramedicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. After the unexpected death of his life partner, and the legal battles which ensued thereafter, Bobbie returned to Colorado to expand his efforts beyond the campus politics he knew so well, to lobby for change and equality in his state and nation. After completing a degree in Elementary Education and the University of Northern Colorado, Bobbie was selected to work as the Intersex Community Liaison for Marriage Equality USA. There, Bobbie lobbies for civil unions and marriage equality, as well as conducts workshops nationally to spread awareness of the Intersex Community and their unique concerns. He continues to promote change through education, remaining active in his synagogue and increasing his involvement with Keshet and the greater Jewish community. Bobbie is currently part of the Keshet Planning Team, the Keshet Young Adult Planning Team, and is an active Maven with Storahtelling Colorado. He is currently completing his Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School while he prepares for Rabbinical and Cantorial School.
Rafi Daugherty was born in Colorado and raised in Missouri. He moved to New York in 2003, came out as queer in 2004, and trans in 2007. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelors from Hunter College with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. He received a masters from Tel Aviv University in Crisis and Trauma Studies. While in school, Rafi worked with individuals with development disabilities and homeless New York City youth. He has been a teacher for Limmud NY and Nehirim about transgender issues. He is happy to be part of Keshet’s Denver office and to help strengthen LGBTQ Jewish life in Colorado.