I think probably rather than trying to disconnect people, this term is just a function of the insularity of LGBTQ circles where exploration and envelope-pushing are very common.

People are working hard to figure out new ways of thinking about gender and sexuality, and sometimes labels get created that might be reductive and feel damaging to some people.

But the nice thing about labels is that people don’t need to wear them if they don’t want to.

And of course none of us should ever confuse the label with the person, because no human being ever reduces to a label.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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