Day 21: How do your other identities (race, age, sexuality, gender) intersect with your Femme identity?
Well, definitely my trans identity intersects with me being a Femme. As I’ve said before on other Femme Challenge answers, I never really felt like I had much of a personality or identity before I accepted that I was trans. Now that I am becoming more open and comfortable in my identity as a trans woman I am able to find out other aspects of my identity and that definitely includes being Femme. As for my ethnicity, I am Mexican-American, but that hasn’t really intersected with my Femme-ness. With regards to my sexuality, I am queer, and mostly attracted to other Femmes, but sometimes I feel like because I like to dress and act very femininely, others might not realize just how queer I am. Another part of my identity that I feel intersects with my Femme-ness is my identity as a christian. Huge parts of the American christian church seem to be obsessed with shaming both women and queer people, so I constantly correct and argue with people I know who try to use the bible to put women down or say that being gay is a sin or condemned. Being both a femme and a christian means that I have to do extra research into the language and cultural and historical context around those verses and I have to always be prepared to stand up for what I know is right against a majority of my fellow church goers.