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?