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Mon, Mar 18, 2019 | Model info | Footnotes

Humans like to label things. It helps us to understand them. When we have a way to articulate something, it becomes easier for us to process, and we feel comforted by that. Humans are also naturally resistant to change because change is scary and makes us uncomfortable. One thing that is changing about our world right now is gender and how we define it. To be clear, it isn’t that people are changing, but the world is beginning to change to recognize that gender and sexuality is nonbinary. This scares a lot of people, because they don’t understand it, because they feel threatened about their own place in the world, because there are books that they live by and seem to think put forth rules against certain kinds of sexuality. Whatever the reason is for not accepting gender and sexuality as nonbinary, I want to assure anyone who might feel negative things about this, that there is nothing to be scared of, that the world is not black and white, but a rainbow of colors. Do we want to live in a world that is black and white, where we are limited to two states of being? I don’t. Why would we? This applies to so many things. A huge part of the beauty in this world is our variety, our uniqueness, our ability to think and feel in such beautifully complex ways, our ability to process such complicated things and still live at peace with them. Every single person in this world has the right to be who they are, decide how they want to dress, fall in love with whomever they fall in love with. To take those things away from someone is inhumane. I wish the world would accept that we people do not fit into these neat little boxes of existence, not in terms of anything. We exists in spectrums like the rainbow, and in reality, while we may draw a rainbow with seven distinct colors (seven!), in between those are endless shades of color. That’s just the way it is. We should cherish this, not fight it. It’s who we are. And it’s so lovely that we are this way. This is Uriel. He is one of the kindest, sweetest, most loving people I have ever met. He’s open, genuine, and a fighter. I wish he could wear the things he wants to wear in public without having to feel afraid. Maybe someday he will be able to.