Y-You live in Athens? I grew up near Athens. o__O I’d love to know when your panel gets finalized, I just hope I haven’t gone back to Wisconsin by then. D: *flails*
I do some lazy kind of preparation. I usually have a hella ton of school projects, and I get that out of the way first, then I’ll write stuff I want to bring up on note cards and it turns into a big Q&A usually as well. I have the worst “discovering asexuality” story since I found out about it, identified with it, then promptly forgot other people weren’t asexual for like a couple years before I was like, “Oh, sexual attraction, is that a thing people do?” Anyway, it’s not entirely interesting. Mooost of the presentations I’ve done have been in lgbt+ groups that I’ve been a part of for… a couple years, so they know me as a person, but the first panel I was invited to at a college I don’t even attend in Savannah and was kind of scary because I was like, “I gotta get all this stuff RIGHT and not run off the stage screaming.”
I’ve really only been doing the talk-about-ace stuff for… a year? Year and a half? I think?
Bahahaha, yeah—I’m a UGA student. (I’m graduating in the spring, alas, and then I have no idea where I’ll end up—current top choices include Texas, California, New York, and the UK.) That’s pretty cool that you grew up near here, though! It was supposed to be sometime next week, but, uhhhh no one’s gotten back to me so I think we’re going to end up pushing it forward a bit, possibly until spring semester depending on how the organizing falls out. I think we’re hitting the tail end of the semester, unfortunately!
I’ve only actually been doing panels/official offline activistish stuff for a semester, actually. » I avoided our Lambda Alliance for years past the point I wanted to swing by because I wasn’t sure if they were welcoming or not, but I finally tried a meeting this year because why not, and it turns out they’re awesome. :D So there’s that. But I started coming out to random people I met in college, because I got so sick of the probing “are you sure you’re not gay?” conversations that I kind of just wanted to be really loud about it so they would stop.
I actually have a sort of similar story—I figured it out when I was fourteen and decided I was never going to tell anyone and that I was just going to keep it to myself for ever and ever and it wasn’t important anyway so why talk about it? We all know how that turned out. But I actually wasn’t involved with any kind of ace community or thinking much about my sexual orientation and the differences between me and other people for about three years after I first started identifying as ace. I mostly got hit with all the differences when I hit college and started socializing with people a lot more, and that really made me start feeling lonely and wanting to seek out other aces to talk to again.