Becoming Ourselves

Beauty and Happiness

at Bethesda United Church of Christ

Summer 2024


Photographs of magical T/NB people

Beautiful, happy images of trans and nonbinary (T/NB) adults and children, selected by a panel of trans youth.

Inspiration, aspiration, hope






Related Events

Rainbow Youth Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, MD

Rainbow Youth Alliance is a twice-monthly support group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18. During group, two adult co-facilitators engage the youth in conversation and activities. RYA is a great opportunity for LGBTQ+ youth to meet others like them and interact in a fun and structured environment.

MoCo Pride Prom - June 1, 2024

Pride Prom is a not-for-profit event allowing students to proudly attend prom, dress however they are most comfortable, and dance - with whomever they choose.

Discussion Day was March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility. Speakers were

Gwen Andersen


Gwen Andersen will discuss why she wanted to do a photo show on this topic. Rockville, MD-based photographer, active member of Women’s Caucus for Art, contributor, curator, and organizer of Becoming Ourselves.

Reverend Dr. Jill McCrory


Friend of Petra Stephanie Neal, long advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, organizer and board member of the MoCo Pride Center, and honored as a Capital Pride Hero


Natasha Nazareth


Mother, contributing photographer. Co-founder of Maryland's first Certified B Corp law firm dedicated to joyful, purposeful work that transforms our communities and drives positive change. 2023 Woman Making History awarded by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. 



Model for the exhibit and transgender engineer-poet

Leigh Phelps


Contributing photographer and model. Gender-fluid, queer musician, artist, and lover of the natural world. Clerk of Young Friends at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting.

Heather Spyrou


Lesbian and long time advocate of LGBTQ & autism awesomeness. Proud mom of two amazing kids. Former President of the Cloverly PTA and author

Shane Henise 

Rainbow Youth Alliance


Program Director/RYA, Program Coordinator/Gender Care Services Children’s National Hospital, Transgender Advocate

Oshee Mercer


Model for the exhibit. Nonbinary death doula, homemaker, ceremonialist, and gender diversity educator


MoCo Pride Center


Greer Hamilton is a queer and trans organizer and activist who works for justice and equity in both technical and creative disciplines. Greer serves as a proud board member of the MoCo Pride Center and lives with their partner and two cats in Silver Spring.