During her trip to Israel last year, 22 year old content coordinator from Orange County Rebecca Levin wrote a blog for our website, documenting A Wider Bridge’s 2014 Israel Mission. Now it’s time to meet her in person.
“I knew I was bi-curious at least when I was in high school because I had a big crush on a girl,” Rebecca says in a video interview that was shot in Israel, as a part of our ‘Friends of A Wider Bridge’ video series. “I identified as bi-curious for a while and I didn’t tell anybody – I told my mom but she didn’t believe me. “
“When I was in college and just got out of a serious relationship that’s been going on for two years and I was just over men and wanted to try something new, so I went on a dating website called OK Cupid and I found a woman named Carrie and we started dating, we fell in love, and I realized I wasn’t just bi-curious, I was bisexual or even gay and I didn’t know which, so I identified as gay for a while and now I identify as queer because I’m not sure how far on the spectrum I am.”
Rebecca’s family was very accepting. “My mother was very supportive, my brother was very supportive, my dad is a little bit old fashioned but he was also very supportive, my sister and my brother-in-law also,” Rebecca says. “For a while I didn’t do anything, I didn’t want to come out to anybody else, I kept it inside. Then it happened slowly, I told my friends who I care about.
“Eventually Carrie told me to that she would want me to come out on Facebook, that would identify as a big coming out moment, like I tell everybody I know OK, I’m queer, and I have a girlfriend who I love.”
A few years ago, Rebecca went to Israel for the first time on her Birthright trip. Going there again with A Wider Bridge gave Israel a whole new meaning for her. ”I decided to come back because I wanted to see a different perspective of Israel,” she says. “When I went the first time I identified as bi-curious, I wasn’t looking to be with a woman necessarily, so now I wanted to see the LGBT side of Israel which I didn’t really see on my first trip.”
“One of the things that I’ve noticed about both America and Israel are striving very hard to make their lands good for LGBTQ people and making tolerance the norm. We should be accepted wherever we go, and I think that both America and Israel realize that.”