Welcome to the first guest post of 30 Days of Pride. Kate Reña is here to talk about their journey of self-discovery and what they’re proud of this month. Let’s give them a warm welcome!
I am asexual, & proud.
I am nonbinary, & proud.
Relative to the vast majority of people who claim these identities?
I am, also, OLD AS BALLS.
(I’m pretty proud of that, too, on account of I have survived a LOT of shite over the last 47 years, & I am STILL HERE.)
What I’m really proud of, though, is y’all. You kids & young adults
can get off my lawn who’ve brought these identities into the public eye. Who’ve stood up & said I AM STANDING RIGHT HERE when others have said that asexuality is ‘just a phase’, that being nonbinary is ‘against biology’.
Cos without them — without all of YOU — I’d still be figuring out who the hell I am & what the hell is wrong with me.
(Turns out it’s nothing.)
I mean it’s not like the concepts are new? I know the queer community has been talking about asexuality as a queer identity since at LEAST the 70s, & people who aren’t men or women (or some of each or both, or none of the above) have been acknowledged in lots of cultures, all round the world, for a zillionty years.
But it’s y’all who’ve brought both of these ideas into the modern age, & got the word out so us old folk could find out about them too. You’re the ones taking most of the crap from the terfs & exclusionists & radfems who’re trying to drive us out of our own communities. & you are STILL HERE.
We are all STILL HERE.