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Jill Soloway First Realized They Were Weird At Their Jewish Middle School

Say what you will about Lena Dunham but Lenny, her online feminist newsletter that harvests personal essays from celebrities and “normals” alike, is often full of little gems.

Like, for example, the essay in this morning’s newsletter, published by Jill Soloway, creator of the hit shows “Transparent” and “I Love Dick.” Titled “I Am Weird,” Soloway talks about coming into their own as a “weird girl.”

Soloway, who identifies as gender non-binary, says the first time they realized they were weird was at the Jewish day school they attended for a couple of years as a pre-teen. This move followed years spent as the only white family in a black neighborhood.

There was something wrong with me, and I didn’t know what it was.

Soloway eventually transferred out of that school and went on to feel weird in a different way – a way, they say, that’s familiar to all girls.

Luckily, everything seems to have worked out for Soloway in the end. Their television shows are an emotional anchor for many modern-day weirdos out there.

You can subscribe to the Lenny Letter here.

Becky Scott is the editor of The Schmooze. Follow her on Twitter at @arr_scott

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