Disabled, Queer & Proud

Recently on Twitter I came across a hashtag that I really identified with, as soon as I saw it I just felt that it really summed me up as a person. That hashtag was created by Amet Tauber and is #DisabledQueerAndProud. Now, I've not actually come out on my blog, I once did a small thing on Twitter where I was like 'hey, I'm bi' but nothing big or grand that shouts my identity to the world. Simply because I didn't feel it necessary. This hashtag has really made me want to write a little about all this though and June seems like the right time to do it since it's Pride month.

I identify as bisexual but I also really love the word queer as to me it means more than just my sexual orientation, it describes my whole person. I couldn't tell you exactly when I figured out that I was bisexual but it was definitely in my mid teens, as everyone was starting to get boyfriends and girlfriends. I had crushes on boys and it's only when I look back now that I realise that I also had crushes on girls. Being anything other than a cisgender heterosexual person wasn't something that was discussed in the environment I was in and the word gay was tossed around as an insult in the school corridors. It wasn't until I left school and left that environment did I start to realise that perhaps I wasn't straight. At first I wasn't sure where I quite fitted in. I had my eyes opened to this whole world around me, full of diverse and open people. It took me a while but I was finally honest with myself about who I was. I can honestly say that I don't think I would be out and proud if it weren't for all of my open friends on Twitter who I saw being so proud of who they are, expressing themselves in exactly the way they feel. I'm really looking forward to attending my first pride event, Hull Pride, in July and embracing my queerness in all of it's greatness!

As I said above it was only a few months ago that I quietly came out on Twitter though, before then only a few select people knew that I was bisexual/queer. It really felt like the right time to sort of just, blurt it out. I wasn't scared about people finding out anymore, I was and still am proud of who I am. Being disabled is also a huge part of my identity, hence why I can relate so much to this hashtag as I really am disabled, queer and bloody proud of it.