A personal announcement, emphatic thank-you, and cheers to Fedora.

Our local pride parade starts with a 'remembering those we've lost' float, a solemn reminder that these fights are not over, that we still have so very far to go in respecting each other's right to exist and self-express.

It's still one of my favorite events of the year though, for a brief day seeing so many so openly in the QUILTBAG spectrum just.. makes me really happy. For as far as we have yet to go great strides have been taken and in that, if only briefly, I see hope.

That is the first time I've seen "QUILTBAG" used, and it makes me very, very happy for no reason I can figure out. Thank you!

Toddland wrote:

That is the first time I've seen "QUILTBAG" used, and it makes me very, very happy for no reason I can figure out. Thank you!

You may enjoy the header image for the gender support thread.

If more cats were more like dogs I might actually like them.

Seems it is bisexual awareness week , may the bisexuals and/or biromantics find increased tolerance and acceptance, and a little less denial.

the timing of this is ridiculous - i'm currently dealing with issues related to this with my girlfriend. Thanks for the note.

And yesterday was Bi Visibility Day so my twitter was alive with all sorts of stuff. I can't find it now but there was a funny cartoon about using our invisibility to sneak into the cinema.

On a more personal note I was on a podcast discussing Bisexuality called Do Ask Do Tell, which is on the same network as my own podcast.

Finally got around to telling my parents that I'm bi yesterday, via letter just because I struggle with face to face conversation.

They responded with nothing but love and acceptence, my mum sent me a text saying they loved me and just wanted me to be happy.

I really wish everybody could have parents' with that attitude.

Congratulations, onewild!

onewild wrote:

Finally got around to telling my parents that I'm bi yesterday, via letter just because I struggle with face to face conversation.

They responded with nothing but love and acceptence, my mum sent me a text saying they loved me and just wanted me to be happy.

I really wish everybody could have parents' with that attitude.

That's awesome. I constantly tell my kids that I don't care who they love, as long as they have that love returned respectfully.

I had a huge conversation with my 8-year-old this morning about a girl in his class who may think she's a pineapple. (At the very least, she's going out for Halloween as a pineapple.) We got into how some people might think badly of her because she's a pineapple, but how that's pretty silly, seeing as her being a pineapple doesn't affect anybody else. He agreed vehemently; he doesn't want to be a pineapple, but there's no reason other people shouldn't be. Heck, if his best friend wanted to be a pineapple, that would be fine; he'd still be the same friend, after all.

I do enjoy sneaky parenting moments.

That... is... AWESOME. Yoink!

It's not a shocker to anyone that follows me on social media for the past year and a half, but to anyone else on the site: I came out as bi. It's weird how often you can shotgun such a thing into social media and still find people in your life that weren't informed. Cheers and high-fives all around!

Good on ya SuperDave! *high fives!*

Congratulations, SuperDave!

Congrats to Super Dave and onewild.

Thanks for sharing Onewilde and SuperDave. Congrats!

Ya know, I sometimes thing bi folk have more issues coming out. Way to many straight and gay people refuse to believe them and say sh*t like "oh, you just haven't come out all the way" or "just choose one side already". Which always makes me mentally facepalm. Yes, lets pressure people to be something they aren't, because we didn't get enough of that ourselves

That "bi now, gay later" mentality makes me want to smack people.

"Just choose a side" they said...

Trachalio wrote:

Ya know, I sometimes thing bi folk have more issues coming out. Way to many straight and gay people refuse to believe them and say sh*t like "oh, you just haven't come out all the way" or "just choose one side already". Which always makes me mentally facepalm. Yes, lets pressure people to be something they aren't, because we didn't get enough of that ourselves :P

Or demand that you put a percentage on how gay you are.

"You mean like 70/30 straight, right?"

Thanks Onewilde and SuperDave.

My conjecture is that asexual and bisexual erasure/denialism are artifacts of binary hetero-normative assumptions that manage to linger on even within the LBGTQ community.

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...you mean NS didn't originally stand for "Not Straight?"

It was "Not Sure".

President Not Sure?

The actual story about the meaning of "NS" is way less interesting than my tag makes it out to be. A friend of mine in college ran his own website that was basically a tumblr. Just a bunch of links to dumb pictures, gifs, videos, and weird news articles. It was called "NerdySouth," and he rebooted it once, requiring everyone to grab new usernames. Someone beat me to the punch of registering "Mike," so I just used the site's initials and made "NSMike."

Like most usernames made when younger, I feel a bit trapped by it, especially since I don't use "Mike" as a name anymore, but I don't really have an alternative.

NSMike wrote:

Like most usernames made when younger, I feel a bit trapped by it

Tell me and most of the folks who were here since Day 1 about it.

"His mama name him Rat Boy, I'mma call him Rat Boy."

As many of the trans folks here can attest: You can change your username. It's kind of a pain sometimes, and takes a while across the breadth of services you might be using, but it can be done.