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Love for Perl unites diverse community

By the end of the three-day conference, I would come to know that there were no less than five gender-variant people there. Outside of support groups and the waiting room at my doctor’s office, this was the largest number I’d seen in one place since I had started transition. I gave a lightning talk about the Koha community, since so few seemed familiar with it, and got a lot of questions and discussion afterward. It was all very normal, really. I was in my element, talking about something I’m passionate about, with people who were interested in what I had to say. I really didn’t want to leave! One attendee, when I went to go catch my ride, caught me at the door, hugged me, and said in my ear, “You’re gorgeous. Have a safe trip.”