Born in Barnet and now living there again, chai-Yoel is a Genderqueer Masorti Jew, HIV activist and HIV survivor.
They are a body and trauma relational psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Mindfulness Practitioner and Reiki Master. For 24 years they have worked with and been an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.
They lived experience of living with a disability and chronic health issues.
What does your identity mean to you?
When I think about my identity, I think about the chicken soup of my identity that has many ingredients, the visible and invisible prism that this presentation takes. Being Jewish and how its very much an important part of my identity, belonging to New London Synagogue – a Masorti movement synagogue, growing up as an orthodox Jew, being a third generation holocaust survivor, being non-binary, being queer, having HIV and having dystonia a physical disability. As well as being an HIV, Hepatitis and LGBT Activist and Ally. I have now worked in the LGBTQ+ community for 25 years so being authentic, having a strong relationship with all my intersectional identities has been important so I can be fully present in the work I do, the psychological work I do and looks after my own mental health as I walk through our current world.