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This past Sunday, I was briefly at a Swedish Lutheran church for a special Lucia-themed event, it being the Sunday closest to St Lucia Day (today, 12/13). To say I felt like a Jewish spy is to simplify my often-confused feelings on faith. It was my old light-up crown that the church’s Lucia was wearing, and yet the discussions of saints made me uncomfortable and an outsider. In the past, I have tried to visually reconcile my dual-religion upbringing by depicting them in concert, together: as a dark-haired girl dressed as Sankta Lucia, a self-portrait lighting a menorah. But in this volatile age and devoid of my personal context, that would be an image of assimilation rather than reconciliation. So I suppose I’ll leave it to you to decide if these girls are lighting the same menorah or not. 

I hope all of the NB people are doing great today. 

I hope all of the NB people who are bi and pan are doing great today.

I hope all of the NB people who are ace-spec and/or aro-spec are doing great today.

I hope all of the NB people who are lesbian or gay are doing great today

I hope all of the NB people who are het are doing great today.

I hope all of the NB people who have any other orientations are doing great today.

I hope all of the NB people who don’t feel comfortable with any of these labels are doing great today.

I hope all of the NB people who switch between labels and/or are unsure of which to use are dong great today.

Whether you have no gender, all the genders, some of the genders, or another gender altogether, you are all wonderful and deserve the best.

Hey, NB and genderqueer people. There is nothing unnatural about breaking out of the gender binary. You aren’t denying nature or breaking nature’s laws by existing.

In fact, exploring who you are and being true to yourself are some of the most natural things in the world, especially if it allows you to follow your own heart rather than rigid social constructs.