I’ll preface this by saying that, as always, I’m mobile blogging, so I cannot not be as thorough or coherent as I’d like to be.
The simple answer is: kind of?
The long answer? I see glaringly obvious issues with the labels and social constructs that we seem necessary to assign others, however I similarly see their merit. The identification promotes the awareness and significance of the group, so when people identify as, for example, gay or genderqueer or Lebanese or a Democrat, it is essentially saying: “I am here. I matter. I’m human, too.” And these are perfectly valid “labels”. For you see, the common factor here is that these people CHOOSE to identify themselves like this. There’s nothing wrong with finding yourself and finally establishing who you are and who you want to be, because it’s hard and scary and confusing and part of the satisfaction is knowing and being able to take a deep breath because you’ve finally like found yourself yfm???
HOWEVER, an overwhelming majority sees fit to demand, quite forcefully, that you tell them who you are to a tee, and that if you don’t, then by aforementioned logic, you don’t exist. And I see an issue with that.
I don’t identify with any particular sexuality and that’s my choice. It’s not to distance myself (because that’s another serious issue, see: “I’m not black, I’m: x, y, z”) from others but because I genuinely feel as though my sexuality is a being on its own that will always transform and cannot be labeled with Latin words and prefixes.
So ya, kind of.