Loki is the Deity that we choose to honor at our annual Midsummer gathering. Filled with a bit of irony and a whole lot of sense, this has turned into the largest in-person Loki-centered gathering in the country.
Why do we honor Loki at Midsummer?
Traditionally, Baldr or Sunna would be honored at a Midsummer event. That is where the irony comes in: Loki plays the largest part in Baldr’s death. However, Midsummer is also during Pride month, a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and the immense struggles the community has faced and continues to face. On many levels, Loki is well suited for pride month.
Loki is considered an LGBT Deity. While I refer to Loki with the He/Him pronouns, many use They/Them or even He/She. Loki is both a mother and a father. Mothering Slepnir, Odin’s 8-legged steed as well as fathering at least 5 named figures within the lore. He is known as the mother of witches, the father of outcasts and the parent of the forgotten. On a deeper level however, Loki, and most Jotnar’s written experiences matches the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community closely.