It’s a holly jolly X-mas in queer comedian Cameron Esposito’s neighborhood in Los Angeles.
On November 24, Esposito tweeted a photo of her neighbor’s front yard holiday décor: a nativity scene with two Josephs looking adoringly at the baby Jesus. The bearded Josephs are in pink garb and a plastic lamb is placed adjacent to one Joseph.
“I’m beaming,” Esposito tweeted along with the image.
The comedian’s fans were also delirious with the same-sex holy representation, chalking up over 22,000 likes and 3,300 retweets. Some shared their own inspirations, like two ceramic Marys flanking a rainbow-clad Jesus child and a quaint Christmas GIF illustration of Jesus’s carpenter fathers.
Other queer nativity scenes have popped in recent years. In 2009, retired lesbian pastor and author Kittredge Cherry purchased two nativity scenes to rearrange as same-sex parents of Christ the King, photographing the reimagined sets to sell as Christmas cards. In 2017, an artist used those images to make ornaments to sell (without Cherry’s permission) which caused a minor uproar among some conservative Christians, who live for this kind of disgruntlement.
Esposito’s neighbor’s display is not so much a statement as it is a show of progress and holiday cheer toward nontraditional families.
Esposito and her wife Rhea Butcher have a new comedy album, Back to Back, coming out December 8.