Oh, Wait a Minute

“Labels started to get way too complicated.”

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Transcript for Oh, Wait a Minute

“Labels started to get way too complicated.”

There’s a lot of stuff within the trans umbrella. There’s transgender, there’s male-to-female, female-to-male, non-binary, gender fluid, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, did I say non-binary? Third gender, two-spirit, other ones…there’s a lot of them.

Back in high school, I thought I identified as gay – well, I did identify as gay at the time, but that was really because I didn’t have a full picture of myself and who I was. I don’t identify with the gay label anymore. I could label my sexuality as something separate from trans, ’cause trans is a gender label, not a sexuality label, but I’ve chosen not to put a label on my sexuality.

Labels started to get way too complicated, I thought, as I started to understand there being more than male or female. And there’s all of those other genders in the middle. Like, how would you define liking this with a little of that on the side, or only this kind, or just this or that? I couldn’t find a label that fit exactly how I identified, and whenever I tried to find one, there would be an exception. So I just figured it would be easy enough just to not label my sexuality, and then I don’t have to have some sort of existential crisis every time I like somebody who’s outside of what I had labeled myself.

Seeing as I used to identify as gay, I knew I was attracted to guys. So, I guess at first, I thought I was just a trans woman attracted to guys. But then I started realizing, “Oh, wait a minute, there’s trans guys and they’re really cute, too.” And then Miley Cyrus came along and shaved her head and became super hot. And it’s like, “Wait a minute, she’s not a dude, what’s this about?” I don’t want to have to figure out what exact label encapsulates all of that stuff, so I just won’t label it.