October 11th, 2013

lego silly

Happy National Coming Out Day

Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day. This day was traditionally when I would post my annual reminder that I'm bisexual, an identity I claimed for over 20 years. As of this year I realized that label no longer fits, but I'm still quite definitely queer; for purposes of sexual orientation, I'm basically a gay man. Changing my name and asserting a preference for gender-neutral pronouns were my new "coming out" as a genderqueer transmasculine person. I am fortunate that I feel safe enough in my community to be public about my gender and sex identity, when so many people are harassed, threatened, and discriminated against for failing to conform to their assigned birth sex. I hope for a time when we can all live and love as our authentic selves.

In addition to my postings about gender and sex on LiveJournal, I'm now using Tumblr to post exclusively about genderqueer and transgender issues. There's a large population of genderqueer and nonbinary-identified people on that site, though I'm 2-3 times the age of most of them. :-P Do check it out if you're interested.