Thanks, Impact, so very *very* much.If you prefer to be referred to as he, then that's what I shall refer to you as. It doesn't change what an awesome person you are. And i'm really glad you feel you can share those things with us already.
I gotta wonder--if you hadn't started this thread, would I have felt comfortable doing this? Most likely not. So. A very special "thank you" to you for creating this space--I will always think of you when I think of my "coming out"
shelgarr, your comment really touched me, and I appreciate, so much, your reminding us that we all really are such complicated creatures; I mean, I bet you've been pigeonholed for being "straight, traditional, and conservative", like people think they can know everything about you just by knowing those three things, and most folks would probably expect that someone who could describe herself with those words would probably not be cool with anyone breaking those sacred gender rules. And, as you have shown us, most folks would be wrong. So, I think you rock, and I appreciate, so much, your support and kind words here.Queer....I can only think of you as a man. Mostly because you don't act write or think like a girl at all. People don't like categorizations and generalities and sterotypes yet ironically we all want to know each other's genders. It's a thrill though to see when the gender "rules" are broken and that's coming from a straight, traditional, and conservative woman such as myself.
Oh, and also! You said that thing about me writing like a man, and it made me remember this site that analyzes a person's writing and guesses whether the author is male of female (though, since I'm such a stickler when it comes to terminology, it should actually determine whether the author is "masculine" or "feminine" as "male" and "female" are actually sex designations, but I digress); I discovered it a few months ago while researching some gender stuff, and, indeed, no matter what piece of my writing I past into the program, it always decides that it was written by a man. Here's the site:
Hacker Factor: Gender Guesser