Hi all! I'm still feeling my way around the forums but thought I'd throw up a quick intro. I'm Gray/Grayson, though Cinereus is also totally fine. I'm in my mid-twenties and work in the museum field, am neurodivergent, and a queer/bi-alterous aroace nb/trans vaguely-guything who uses he/his pronouns.
I've known I was trans for years and years and have been transitioning for a long while now (though for a long time I identified as a binary trans man), but it's taken me a long long time to figure out I was aroace - only since my early twenties really when I was trying "ace" on for size after having my "oh, people aren't joking about experiencing sexual attraction" moment and realized just how little interest I had in relationships in general. Because the experiences are so linked for me I don't really see my aro-ness and ace-ness as separate, but I also see my aromanticism as more pivotal to my identity than my asexuality, which makes ace spaces just vaguely not what I'm looking for. So I was excited to realize an aro forum exists, and that it seems free of all the nonsense that keeps me from wanting to talk about being aroace on tumblr!
Besides being a queer disaster, I like hiking, outdoor photography, and creative writing, and in a lot of ways can only relate to romance in the sense of how I feel about landscapes - especially the southwest U.S. deserts where I grew up and the Pacific Northwest where I currently live. I'm a huge reader (lots of sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, plus history/science/culture nonfiction when the mood strikes) when I'm not buried by work, I like to sew and am learning to do embroidery, and I'm currently a huge nerd for The Adventure Zone. I'm an eclectic pagan, mostly a weird mix of Norse and Kemetic/Egyptian.