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Self-Portraits and Staying Hopeful, by Nora

by Nora Luloff

It's the holiday season, and no matter what you celebrate, or even if you don't celebrate anything and all you have is the break, we know things are going to look a little different. Being Jewish and Christian through each of my parents, we normally see both sides of our family about now. We can't see everyone we want to see. We can't gather in the places we want to gather. But one thing that's important is that we stay hopeful.

There are things to look forward to next year. For instance, we are welcoming a leader to our country that will be more welcoming and including then our current president. We are going to have our first Black, female, VP of Indian descent. 2021 is a new year. So no matter what it looks like now, stay hopeful. I'm not going to promise you the same holidays you had last year. But I can say that having hope is the one thing you really need to do right now.

I enjoy taking self-portraits and other types of photography because it allows me to show my perspective. I can use the camera to show how I see myself and how I see the world. This is my way of telling my story. The self-portraits I have included here show my thoughts on this year and the next. While I am sad that things aren't going to be the same, I am hopeful about next year. Now that you guys see what I'm thinking, I hope that you can see my hope and that it gives you hope! This project also brings me hope knowing I can share my view with you...


I'm Nora Luloff, I live in Seattle, WA, and I'm 13 years old. I identify as transgender MTF, abrosexual and abromantic, and a demigirl. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports, photography, writing, and reading.

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