“You’re more than just neither, honey. There’s other ways to be than either-or. It’s not so simple. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many people who don’t fit.”
― Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
We have all these signs for things: STOP. YIELD. DEER CROSSING. SCHOOL ZONE.
Sometimes we can find shapes and words that make sense for our selves and sometimes we must create our own symbols to speak out. There may not be a designation of sound for these lines. How to pronounce a slash or a question mark or a semi-colon. What matters most is the freedom to take on these formations. One does not have to choose what has been assigned. There is power in pausing, questioning and deciding for oneself what fits.
There is, but there’s also an element of being able to communicate with others to show them our reality– after all, even Prince became “the artist formerly known as Prince” because his symbol couldn’t be used to communicate
I agree. It’s necessary to formulate the language that works for you and welcome in the time and space to decode it. Symbols are their own letters. Difficult to pronounce, so we must give them sound.