LGBTQIA: Are There Too Many Labels For Sexual Identity?

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Music mogul Clive Davis, pictured here with Jennifer Hudson.
Do all the labels dilute the message of sexual equality?

On the morning of June 28, 1969, the first violent demonstration by the gay community took place against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Who would have ever thought the Stonewall Riots would become the genesis of a complete dictionary and alphabet to describe all the variations of sexuality?

In the latest headline news, and in advance of his book, "The Soundtrack of My Life," music mogul Clive Davis plucks the third letter — "B" for bisexual — from the LGBT acronym to define his own sexual orientation. Don't care? I can't blame you. After all, whose business is it anyway what someone's sexual orientation is? However, in the gay community, I have heard snitty little comments about bisexuals and transgenders going and making their own way. That is, a portion of the gay and lesbian community would rather bisexuals and transgenders quit hanging on the coat tails of the gay rights movement. To that I say: Who's acting like Chick-fil-A now?

Whether it's Clive Davis' bisexuality, Jodie Foster admitting, in a roundabout way, that she's a lesbian at the Golden Globes or the overtly gay Rupert Everett, who made headlines when he blasted gay parenting, sexual orientation is a personal matter. If you need to define your sexuality in some way, you will find a label in the sexuality dictionary. The question then becomes: Does this inclusion unite the lesbian and gay community or divide it? However, before we embark on answering that question, let's look at labels that are now included LGBTQIA alphabet. (Source: UC Davis LGBT Resource Center): lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual. Keep reading ...

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