I have some quick things to share about myself, in large part because I'm hesitant to and that hesitation really shouldn't exist.
I've told stories to coworkers, acquaintances, and family in the past about my "friends". They weren't friends; they were girls I was seeing. But something in me said, "Don't tell them you like women." So I blurted out "friend" at the last second instead of "girlfriend", or flip-flopped their pronouns from "she" to "he". I've done this a lot, and I'd like to never do it again.
I wasn't always named Alex; I changed it about six years ago. When people ask me about the change, especially when they ask "Why 'Alex'?" I kind of brush it off. But to be honest I picked it because I love how androgynous it is. On the days I bind my chest and wear boxers I can feel like an Alexander. When I'm all dresses and push-ups I can feel like an Alexandria. I like when people mix and match my pronouns. I like to call myself a boy. Often.
I just want to be comfortable enough to be myself with people. I definitely don't have it as bad as many members of the LGBTQ community, but I shouldn't be too nervous to casually mention basic information like the gender of a person I went out with in the past. I shouldn't be too shy to wear neckties to work; I love neckties.
Tell your story, folks.
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