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To Label Or Not To Label Your Sexuality: That Is The Question

In a world where "love is love," do you have to choose a label?

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Coming to terms with your own sexuality is always a complicated and unique experience.

Others choose to focus on the person they are involved with, not the lingo.

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"Of course I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier," said Olympic diver Tom Daley in his original coming out video.

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So, is there a right answer?

Spoiler alert: Probably not, but let's explore anyway.

  1. Which label or term do you usually use for yourself?

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    Gay
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    Lesbian
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    Bisexual
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    Pansexual
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    Asexual
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    Queer
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    Gal Pal
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    Straight/Heterosexual
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    If sexuality is a spectrum, how can I choose? Unidentifiable like a UFO, baby.
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    Honestly, it depends who I am talking to.
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    None of these – labels are for food products.
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Which label or term do you usually use for yourself?
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    Gay
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    Lesbian
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    Bisexual
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    Pansexual
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    Asexual
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    Queer
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    Gal Pal
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    Straight/Heterosexual
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    If sexuality is a spectrum, how can I choose? Unidentifiable like a UFO, baby.
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    Honestly, it depends who I am talking to.
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    None of these – labels are for food products.
  1. Do labels add to your identity or limit it?

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    They are limiting and isolating. I refuse to be confined.
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    They make me feel less alone! I'm part of a vast community of people with similar experiences.
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Do labels add to your identity or limit it?
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    They are limiting and isolating. I refuse to be confined.
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    They make me feel less alone! I'm part of a vast community of people with similar experiences.
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  1. When someone tells you they "don't use labels," you feel...

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    Upset. It's a privilege to be able to go sans labels.
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    Fine. They are probably just saying that until they find a label that suits them.
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    Happy — that's so progressive of them!
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    No feelings either way. If you want to use them, do it. If you don't... don't!
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When someone tells you they "don't use labels," you feel...
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    Upset. It's a privilege to be able to go sans labels.
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    Fine. They are probably just saying that until they find a label that suits them.
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    Happy — that's so progressive of them!
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    No feelings either way. If you want to use them, do it. If you don't... don't!
  1. When is it okay to NOT use labels?

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    When you don't want to.
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    When you aren't sure about which one fits you yet.
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    When you're putting leftovers in the fridge.
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    Never — why hide who you are?
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When is it okay to NOT use labels?
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    When you don't want to.
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    When you aren't sure about which one fits you yet.
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    When you're putting leftovers in the fridge.
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    Never — why hide who you are?
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  1. If you DO use labels, have they changed over time?

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    No, I've always just used the one.
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    Of course; I was figuring things out.
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    Not yet, but if they did change that would be OK!
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If you DO use labels, have they changed over time?
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    No, I've always just used the one.
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    Of course; I was figuring things out.
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    Not yet, but if they did change that would be OK!
  1. It is even worth caring about how other people label themselves?

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    Yes! Representation, visibility, and community are still very important to a lot of people.
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    Eh, policing people and the way they express their sexuality is a waste of time.
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It is even worth caring about how other people label themselves?
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    Yes! Representation, visibility, and community are still very important to a lot of people.
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    Eh, policing people and the way they express their sexuality is a waste of time.
 
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