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Fluidity of Sexual Identity

Close up view of railway tracksThis is a study on making college campus’ more GLBT friendly places for learning and teaching, from what I’m able to gather, put together by Campus Pride. Surprising to find these words on the fluidity of sexual identity in the midst of it, and the number of references quoted to back those words up.  I was introduced to this link by Christopher Yuan.  And the following quote comes from his Facebook page:

Interesting read about sexual identity: http://yuan2.us/10zThe view that sexual identity is fixed and unalterable has been challenged from a variety of theoretical perspectives, including labeling theory, lifespan development theory, social constructivism, and evolutionary psychology (e.g., Baumeister, 2000; D’Augelli, 1994b; Diamond & Savin-Wiliams, 2003; Kitzinger & Wilkinson, 1995; Richardson, 1984).

Theorists in these areas suggest that sexual identity is inherently flexible, developing continuously over the lifespan out of an individual’s sexual and emotional experiences, social interactions, and cultural influences. From this standpoint, individuals may experience transitions in sexual identity throughout their lives.”

Susan R. Rankin, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Genevieve N. Weber, and Somjen Frazer, 2010 State of Higher Education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (Charlotte: Campus Pride, 2010), 48. [This study was funded by Campus Charley Pride]

My personal hypothesis:
Once the battle for same-gender marital rights is over across the country, the concept of the fluidity of sexual identity will become better known in the mainstream.

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