This Beautiful Photo Series Shows How Kids Are Redefining Gender Norms

“Now we are developing the ability to say it’s okay not to put everyone in a neat little box.”

1. Lindsay Morris has spent six years photographing a gender nonconforming camp for children ages 5-12.

Lindsay Morris

2. Morris told BuzzFeed that Camp You Are You “is a safe haven where children are supported to experience a place free from judgment.”

Lindsay Morris

3. The photographer is publishing a book in October filled with resources for families and schools on taking a more active role in the lives of LGBT children.

Lindsay Morris

4. In order to fund the book and a traveling exhibition of images from the camp, Morris started a Kickstarter campaign.

Lindsay Morris

5. “We are experiencing a moment in history,” Morris explained.

Lindsay Morris

6. “A time and a place where parents are working together, learning together, how best to advocate for their children and celebrate their individuality.”

Lindsay Morris

7. Morris’s ultimate goal is for these images to assist in untangling the perception of LGBT youth.

Lindsay Morris

8. And of the families and friends who support them.

Lindsay Morris

9. “For many [of these children], their perceptions of their gender are misaligned with their bodies,” the photographer said.

Lindsay Morris

10. “They may later identify as gay, transgender, or somewhere in between.”

Lindsay Morris

11. Morris went on to explain, “This is just one way of being that has always existed, but only now are we developing the ability to say it’s OK not to put everyone in a neat little box.”

Lindsay Morris

12. “It will require all of us to break the habit of assigning individuals a gender label and to start thinking of gender on a broader spectrum.”

Lindsay Morris

13. She doesn’t necessarily think people will immediately consider all of that when they see her photographs.

Lindsay Morris

14. But Morris hopes that conversations around gender identity will evolve after people view them.

Lindsay Morris

15. “I know how lonely, and at times traumatic, life for an LGBT child can be,” she told BuzzFeed.

Lindsay Morris

16. “Looking over your shoulder and navigating your way through curious classmates and the occasional bully can be exhausting.”

Lindsay Morris

17. “That need to explain one’s self does not exist at camp. Pure freedom of expression is a compelling and emotional thing to witness.”

Lindsay Morris

18. Learn more about Lindsay Morris’ photo series and Kickstarter campaign.

Lindsay Morris

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