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2:40 pm - June 15, 2022
Stories of Pride & Progress
I would describe myself as a unique person, who has always felt a little different from my friends. I never felt that I truly fit society’s definition of what or who I should be. For years, I suppressed my feelings and emotions because I thought they were wrong, or I would not be accepted. To society, I have always presented as a straight female, but that is not who I am, and in 2021-2022 I began my journey of self discovery and self love.
I began reading more and involving myself in LGBTQ2S+ culture and spaces. This journey led me to my true gender and sexuality. I have only ever been in cis-hetero relationships, and I am married to a male presenting person. I often thought that my feelings about other people were invalid because of this, and I learned that is far from the truth. Whatever you feel and identify as, is valid.
Experiences do not make the person; YOU make the person.
In 2021, I came out to a few people as pansexual, and it felt amazing! Not that anything about me had changed, but it felt great to have a word to describe me.
Growing up I never identified 100% as my presenting gender and joked that I was a tomboy. I felt validated when people would think I’m strong or liked more masculine things. Along this journey of self discovery, my spouse and I had many conversations about ourselves and how we have always felt a disconnect to our assigned genders. We do not live with the “traditional gender norm roles” and we think differently than some people. We discovered a word that describes exactly how we’ve always felt, demi-gendered. For me specifically demi-girl and for them demi-boy.
It feels great to have words that describe how we feel. Not that a label makes the person, but when you have felt left out, it is nice to feel supported and accepted into a community and family!
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