I graduated from college going on twenty-five years ago and one of my college friends was Gil Steinlauf. We went to college together, then lost touch, then reconnected some years ago through Facebook or perhaps just an email. We exchanged a few notes. No more. But I've watched from a distance as he became an increasingly prominent rabbi, both in Washington, DC where he's the senior rabbi at the Adas Israel congregation and also nationally.
Then today I saw a post from Gil on my Facebook feed about "personal news" he'd just shared with his congregation, about gratitude for support, compassion. My gut tightened. Clearly something weighty, serious. My first thought was an illness. Happily, no.
The news was that Gil and his wife have decided to divorce because Gil has come to the realization that he is gay.
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