I was a gender-conforming kid. I’m still genderfluid.

I grew up in church—literally. As a pastor’s kid, I spent countless hours doodling in sanctuary pews. I happily wore dresses and bows on Sunday mornings and curlers in my hair on Saturday nights; I experimented with makeup as soon as I was allowed to.

One of my sisters was labeled a “tomboy” by the adults in our lives. She typically took male roles during our dress-up…

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Nat Smith

Nat Smith

Relationship liberation: equity, integrity, community, and connection. Coach + educator for radical intimacy. Newsletter: natsmith.substack.com.