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?

So, now that the proverbial alphabet soup has so many letters, let's really mix it up. Also included are: ally, transsexual, homosexual, pansexual, cisgender, androgyne, heterosexual, gender queer, omnisexual. trisexual, agender, bigender, gender variant, pangendered, drag Kkng, drag queen, crossdresser, tryke, MTF, FTM, gender fluid, transfag, third gender, transvestite, intersexual, two-spirit, hijra, polyamorous, undecided, polygendered, questioning, other, gender non-conforming, non-monosexual and human. Anyone ready for a cocktail?

The simplicity of "I'm a man who likes men" and "I'm a woman who likes women" (i.e. homosexuals) used to be as simple as Wonder Bread. As soon as you start adding peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, mustard, turkey, ham and cheddar cheese, you begin to complicate the message, the dialogue and the understanding. (Or do you?)

What if it was as simple as this: We're all sexual beings who deserve to be treated equally. Of course, then the right wingers wouldn't know what to do with that either!

Rick Clemons, The Coming Out Coach
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Rick is a straight-forward, compassionate, insightful, challenging, mentor, guide, and Certified Professional Coach who's been featured on The Ricki Lake Show, and is a highly sought after radio show personality, blogger, author, and faculty member of Sex Coach U. His loving, challenging, gentle, and inspiring approach ignites a fire in clients, helping them get through the darkest moments of life and come out the other side, kicking butt, and being authentically themselves.

Rick thrives, working with individuals, and those in their inner circle, as they embark on the journey out of the closet and beyond. He specializes in helping people build confidence, live their passion while loving their work, and live authentically. Authenticity isn't just a word he throws around lightly. It's the backbone of his practice and the manner in which he personnally strives to live each and every day of his own life.

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