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Updated on Nov 23, 2018. Posted on Sep 14, 2016

Can You Draw Where You Fall On The Kinsey Scale?

Pick a number, any number.

Sexuality isn’t black and white. It can be fluid and can change over time — or you can feel comfortable in one identity your whole life. Some are comfortable with labels, and others aren't. Most of us fall somewhere along a spectrum.

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The Kinsey scale is one way to look at the possibilities. It's a scale that ranges from 0 to 6, from "exclusively heterosexual" to "exclusively homosexual."

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According to the Kinsey Institute, Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his colleagues developed "the heterosexual–homosexual rating scale" — the Kinsey scale as you know it — in 1948.

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There is no "official" Kinsey scale test to show you exactly where you fit, though there are plenty of online quizzes. Where you fall depends on your personal history and knowledge of your own feelings. It's up to you to place yourself on the scale.

The Kinsey scale clearly does not address all possible sexual identities (the "purple-red" scale of attraction is the latest way to map out the sexual spectrum), but it's still fun to think about.

The scale also is based on the assumption that there are only two valid genders. Yeah, it’s not perfect.

Here's how the Kinsey Institute lays out the scale:

Rating | Description
0 | Exclusively heterosexual
1 | Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
2 | Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
3 | Equally heterosexual and homosexual
4 | Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
5 | Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
6 | Exclusively homosexual
X | No socio-sexual contacts or reactions

So, what's your number?

Use the template provided and upload your illustration via the DropBox below for a chance to be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed LGBT post. Feel free to submit a short description along with your image.

Be honest, be creative, dig deep! Maybe you'll even learn something about yourself.

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