KINSEY, YOU OLD SO AND SO

Not a day has passed since my last post, Growing Up Gay on Long Island, hit the web, and already I’m making progress in what I’m now calling The Human Diversity Project. Thanks to the excellent lead provided by a friend and co-worker, I discovered The Kinsey Institute, and what good fortune that today they should release a new Podcast dealing with fluidity in sexual orientation!

The idea of having labels to define or describe people’s sexual orientation – labels such as heterosexualhomosexual or bisexual – is freeing for many people.

It helps to make sense of the world for some men and women and has helped millions of people to identify with a community, to feel proud of who they are and to more easily communicate their desires and interests, even their identity, to others as well as to find sexual, romantic and lifelong partners.

For some people, however, sexual orientation labels – like many other labels or categories we humans use – feel restrictive.

Some people prefer to not label themselves in terms of sexual orientation. They may feel that labeling themselves as homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual cannot fully capture who they are or that adopting a label gives in to a larger power dynamic that doesn’t work for them. Also, some people just don’t feel that they can easily fit their sexuality into a box. They may feel, for example, that their sexuality is more fluid than a neat little label suggests.

Not only that, but The Kinsey Institute links me through to discover photographer James Houston, and his documentary film Let’s Talk About Sex.

So now I have a photographer to stalk, and a few more leads to research.

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