Religious Teen Star Speaks for the First Time Since Coming Out

The weekend edition of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot featured an extensive and empowering interview with Daniel Moreshet, the religious teen actor who came out publicly during the adoption crisis in July.

“I will share my life with a man, because that’s what G-d wanted,” Moreshet wrote in July.

In the first interview since his coming out post, he spoke openly with acclaimed (and openly gay) journalist Itay Segal, about coming out, about the adoption crisis and about the dream of having kids of his own.

“I wrote what I wrote because I was hurting,” Moreshet explained in the interview. “The very fact that I’m gay was never an issue for me. I shared it with my parents at an early age, back when I was religious. But suddenly everyone comes and tells me, ‘you can’t be a father’. That was what had shaken me. I saw the public discourse on what Harel Skaat said going to a distorted place. That instead of dealing with the important message he wanted to convey, they attacked him for urging gays not to pay taxes or enlist in the army. He was trying to shock, and he spoke from anger, and even though I think that the LGBT struggle should be separated from the issue of enlisting in the army,I understood him.

“Over the past year I met a wonderful group of gay men; one from Sayeret Matkal, one from combat engineering, one from a pilots’ course, and another one doing a crazy job in intelligence. Great group of guys. If our country trusts us to bear arms and defend the country we love, it means that we belong here. If we’re good enough to pay taxes, contribute to the country and serve in its army, why can’t we marry here and why can’t we have children here?”

Daniel understood at the age of 14 what he would have to deal with. “When I got my first check on my first job at the TV show ‘The Island,’ I was 14. I asked my dad to deposit it into a separate bank account because I wanted to start saving for surrogacy. My father smiled at me and opened a savings account,” he reveals.

“I’ve always known I would become a father and I’ve always known I would get married. It was clear to me [even at 14] that I had to save the money I made for this process. I come from a large family; they all bring children into the world, more and more cousins join us, we meet a lot, have picnics together and everyone brings their children. There’s no reason why I should not bring my child there one day.”