When I introduce myself, there are several labels I use. I typically start out with my age: 23 years old. To a lot of people, this is quite young. Us "youngsters" in the activist world can be viewed in one of two ways. We are either inexperienced and ignorant or we are full of energy and new ideas. Honestly, there are people of all ages who fit into either of these descriptions. I am at times also embarassed of my age for my age-group is generally one of apathetic and lazy bums who want someone else to take care of the problems. And a lot of queers my age seem to be in denial that there are in fact any problems in the first place. I cannot begin to understand this attitude. Perhaps the fact that we have grown up in a post-Stonewall era in a land where queer history is not taught in school leads some people to believe that there is nothing to worry about and that we have nothing to fight for.
Second, I generally include the fact that I'm bisexual. I hate that word, because its very construction supports the stereotype that bisexuality is all about sex and is not a "real" sexual orientation. I really wish we had a word like "gay" or "lesbian" that suggests an entire culture and lifestyle rather than just a sexual option. My bisexuality is one reason why I typically adopt the word queer in my vocabulary rather than saying gay or lesbian. It actually sincerely bothers me when organizations use gay or lesbian when speaking about same-sex marriage or general queer activism (HRC tends to do this when talking about "gay marriage." They say gay and non-gay which makes no sense to me.) But just in case you were wondering, I have made up my mind; I have picked a side; I do have a sexual orientation; and I'm very secure in who I am and who I love.
Third, I include the fact that I'm female, even though that's usually pretty obvious by my name. I'm a biological, genetic, and self-identified female. I'm also a feminist. Several issues are very near and dear to my heart including sexual assault and domestic violence. I thoroughly enjoy women-centered spaces. I also enjoy the nuances of gender and the interaction of gender identity and sexual orientation in the bi community.
Fourth, I generally include the fact that I am polyamorous. Polyamory is the term for people who don't subscribe to the typical monogamous relationship model and feel that they are better suited for not limiting how many love relationships they can participate in. This is yet another reason why the whole "marriage is one man and one woman" nonsense angers me. Why should marriage be one formula? It has always struck me as wrong that this country criminalizes people who practice polygamy within the context of their religious beliefs since we theoretically have freedom of religion. It has always struck me as despicable that this country forces one particular set of religious beliefs down all our throats.
Fifth, if it's appropriate, I will include the fact that I'm an athiest. I was raised in a fairly strict Baptist church and am well-studied in the Bible. I learned to recite Bible verses before I knew most kiddie songs. My athiesm has come about through a long journey of self-reflection and religious study. Perhaps it is also more fuel for the fire in the religious fundamentalists condemning me and my soul to hell along with all of my ideals and desires for civil rights. I've also on occasion been told outright that I'm not allowed to quote the Bible or participate in discussion about the religious backing for condemning homosexuality because I'm not a Christian. I apparently got a copy of the Bible that didn't have that disclaimer printed in it.
I am also a research biologist, adoptive mommy to two adorable dogs, friend of many people, lover of a few people, daughter, sister, activist, philanthropist, democrat, country-music-loving redneck, and a bookworm.
Hopefully people will enjoy reading my posts in the future. In case you haven't noticed, I tend to be long-winded, but I happen to think that what I am saying is worth reading (at least most of the time). I can only write from my own perspective and my own experiences, but I am only striving to help make this state, country, and world a better place.