Dear Ally - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia

Dear Ally

Dear Ally is an anonymous online question and answer forum for Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, parents and family members of LGBTQ individuals, and professionals who have questions pertaining to their work with the LGBTQ community. We can learn from others’ questions. Submit your letter anonymously and it will be publicly posted with our response so that other readers are supported.
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I do not see myself as a woman entirely. Am I just confusing myself or is there a definite label for what I'm experiencing?

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I am happy with certain gendered terms but not others. I am ok with she/her for example but uncomfortable with sir/maam/madam or girls. When I go into shops/cafes or out with friends I am not sure how to address this. For example in shops/cafes how do start this conversation before being addressed by the server?

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My daughter announced she was wanting to be a man.

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What can i do so people understand that i am not looking for attention

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I'm a freshman in high school and I think I might be gay

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I don’t fell comfortable with my body, not in a self esteem sort of way more of it doesn’t feel right.

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Some days I feel like a girl and other days I don't feel like anything. Please help.

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My teen daughter says she wants to be a gay man. Is that possible?

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Is it possible to be born as a female and to think I should have been born a male?

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I don’t understand what I am.

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