“Your first experience with a GSM organization or event”: 30-Week Genderqueer Challenge part 11

This post is part of my participation in the 30-day genderqueer challenge, which I have modified to a weekly exercise.

Today’s prompt: Your first experience with a GSM organization or event

For those that don’t know, the GSM istands for ‘Gender and Sexual Minorities’. It’s an initialism sometimes used instead of LGBT/Q/I/A/+ to avoid alphabet soup problems while still being broadly inclusive.

My first GSM-related event would have been the Halifax Pride parade in, um, 2005? This was a long time before I realized I was trans, or even demisexual for that matter. At the time, I identified as bisexual (now I just go with ‘queer’), and was in my first romantic-sexual relationship, with my best friend from high school. It was adorable.

And we didn’t just go to the parade that year – we wound up being in it, for reasons entirely unrelated to our mutual bisexuality and the fact that we were in a (*gasp*) same-sex relationship. A straight friend of ours actually asked us join her on float she was going on to support her father, who was coming out as a eunuch. Which, there is quite a long story there, obviously, but I don’t really intend to get into it right now. This article is really good intro to the issue, though.

But yes, my first experience at a GSM event was on a float called the ‘Eunuch Unit’, handing out flyers about eunuchs. Because life is strange sometimes, I guess?

Catch the rest of my 30-week genderqueer challenge here!

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