Rachael Fried, a 27-year-old graduate of Stern College, spent years formulating one three-word bombshell of a sentence: I am gay.
‘Just being able to say it to myself, let alone others, took years,’ said Fried, former student council president at Stern and current graduate student at Parsons The New School for Design. She wore a knee-length pencil skirt, button-down top, cardigan and colorful scarf, long hair falling down her back.
'I’m pretty religious, and I’m pretty gay,’ Fried joked. 'My story, though, is not an extraordinary one. I was a typical Stern student leader.’
— The Jewish Week, “‘Safe Spaces’ For Orthodox LGBTQ Students Spreads On Campus,” by Hannah Dreyfus