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When Labels Are a Good Thing

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I’ve been talking a lot about identity on here lately. Identity is a huge part of my story. I’ve learned to embrace my identity as transgender and queer, but I’ve also learned to embrace my identity as neurodivergent, disabled, and mentally ill.

I’m also a trauma survivor, and while not all of these things are who I am, they certainly make up who I am. I don’t go up to random people and say “Hi I’m trans and autistic and by the way did you know I have bipolar and I’m disabled and oh I also have complex PTSD.” OK, well maybe once upon a time I did do that (I do struggle with social cues after all), but I’ve learned since to realize that there’s more to me than these things.

These days, I’ve been attending 12 step meetings for my various behavioral and substance addictions. So, I’ve now learned that when I’m in those meetings, I identify as an addict, alcoholic, self-harmer, eating disordered….

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