30 Days of Pride Challenge - Day 9

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Continuing the 30 Days of Pride Challenge. #30DaysOfPride

9. Do you identify with a certain ‘tribe’? Which one?
I'm not 100% sure I understand what this means. I have never heard anyone talk about what queer "tribe" they identify with. Like, part of me thinks it's just a fancy-sounding synonym for one's "label", but then why not just say that? And have I not already been saying I'm ace and trans everyday for the past week now? So I think I'm misinterpreting this. But it doesn't seem like any of my friends I've seen doing this challenge know how to answer this either, so at least it's not just me. XD

Thing is, it leaves me not knowing what to say. Soooo... uh... hmm...

This is totally unrelated but I went to see my new oncologist yesterday (the former one transferred to the veteran hospital). So my new doctor says that while I'm not "officially" pronounced cured until the five year mark, that the first 18 months after cancer is the high risk period when it's most likely to come back. And since I'm about 20 months with no new incidents (especially considering I had a very aggressive type of cancer), it's probably safe to say I'm in the clear with this one. I'll still get screenings and whatnot until five years are up, and that wasn't technically the purpose of yesterday's appointment, but it was a huge relief and was seriously amazing news to hear.

The actual point was that my SRS surgeon wanted a letter of clearance from my oncologist to be sure I'm okay for surgery. And he will attend to that too, so good day all around. ^_^

So I'll just make this somehow relevant and say I identify with survivor tribe. That's a thing, right? We'll go with that. XD

EDIT: A reader suggested that "tribe" might refer to one's "urban tribe, like goth, nerd, geek, emo, rocker, and so on."  I didn't consider that because I was expected something more LGBT-themed, I guess.  And while I still don't know if that's what's really being asked, I figured I'd address it all the same.

The catch is that I'm still not sure. I'm just a mutt of "tribes". I'm like some kind of combination of ultra-femmy geeky weeby gamer emo hippie metalhead artist (who is ace and trans). I'm what you call a good ol' fashioned clusterf***.

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