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Hi, I am looking to convert from my current religion (Mormonism since birth) to Judaism. I live in an area with not many Jewish people, I don’t know much about the religion, and I am also a lesbian. Is it possible to not only convert, but also convert as a member of the lgbtq+ community?
Shalom, Thank you for your question. In general conversion to Judaism is a long and difficult process that is undertaken after many years of learning and taking part in a Jewish community. Because of this my advice is that converting would probably not be a good idea. None the less, Judaism believes that all peoples have a place in G-d’s world – this world and the world to come. We believe that a person does not have to be Jewish to do G-d’s will, and make this world a more G-dly place. As such, I can certainly encourage you to keep learning about the beliefs of the Jewish people – and try to walk in ways of Abraham and Sara. As to your question about sexual orientation – Judaism has a lot to say about sexuality and its correct place in one’s life. My advice is to leave this topic aside for the time being and concentrate on the central themes of the Torah – loving all people, acts of charity and kindness, belief and worship of One G-d, Torah. Many blessings.