The Crossroads of the Aether
Oh indeed, my good lady, I understand entirely. I, too, am a member of that peculiar Order. In process of rising, as does the phoenix, from the ashes of one's own immolated body. As it revives, the phoenix, like the peacock, has a "cauda pavonis," the peacock's tail of rainbow colors. Apropos the LGBTQ flag.
Having spent well over a half of a century in a biologically female body, I have experienced first hand the indignities with which the fairer sex so often has to contend.
Thus I retain a certain sense of solidarity, as befits someone whose identity is anchored in the working class. In the parlance appealing to those moderns of an activist persuasion, I sound a brazen call for economic democracy. I have even made an effort to express these ideals within the SteamPunk mileau. To wit: http://www.thesteampunkpopulist.weebly.com
Also befitting someone of an amalgamated nature, I have a rather well-developed mystical side as well. Hence an overt consciousness of the transcendent Feminine Divine and of the sacredness of the natural world, our mother, Earth.
I do, however, confess that as a de facto male soul, I had to struggle with an identity that, at certain points in my personal evolution, seemed to require rejection of anything distinctly feminine. Over the last decade, I have come to terms with my feminine side. It is a treasure; one half of the alchemcal conjunctio which produces the Philosopher's Stone.
Then there were those little nagging hints, like a sense of color and style, Or continuing to get the vapors no matter how many times one has seen "The Wizard of Oz." Or ways of thinking about the sensory impacts of certain men that are much too indelicate to mention here. Yes, I am also gay.
I believe we transgenders are more akin to "Laddies and Gentlewomen." Not because our physical determinants have rendered us some incomplete and thus somehow inauthentic version of our gender identities. But rather from the experience, as the song lyrics put it, of looking at life from both sides-- yet also of much more; from a deep awareness that the Aristotelian bifurcated logic of yes/no, either/or, female/male is simply inadequate.
Pardon me; I do go on sometimes. What was the question? Ah yes, the incorporation of these aspects into our SteamPersonas. Which I have. "EngineRoomRaphi" arises from my actual work in engine rooms. I find it somewhat disconcerting that vast majority of people (past and present) are in effect invisible. My costume starts with that-- denim; decorated with brass gears. On the back/left (political pun intended) I have "Eugene V. Debs for President 1912."
But I also have, on the back/right, a copper "pink" triangle with the word INVERT underneath-- the actual Victorian era term for us with alternative identities and behaviors.
Tying the whole thing together is my personal slogan: Steam Pink. Internal and political identies united.