Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A More Radical Identity

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A More Radical Identity

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Name: Simone N. Sneed Age: 19 Hometown: Albany, N.Y.

Call me queer. That's what I told my coworker a few days before I spoke at the National Hip-Hop Political Convention in Newark, N.J., in June. Later I told one of my best friends the same thing. She looked at me, smiled, laughed, and said, "Simone, you're a 'queer andro femme.'" "That sounds like a Star Wars character," I responded.

Lately I've noticed a lot of identity exploration among my peers. I'm from a generation that decided their sexual identities early on in life--I came out of the closet as a full-fledged Ani DiFranco--listening, Birkenstock-wearing lesbian when I was 13 years old--but little did I know that several years later I would be reexamining what my sexuality means to me. Over those years I have met an ever-expanding population of queers, polyamorous people, flexuals, gender queers, bois, boy-girl wonders, tranny fags, tranny chasers, hetero boys who used to be lesbians, and lesbians who used to be hetero bio boys. …

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