Sexual Identity Research Paper

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I can remember sitting in a cold hospital chair, waiting for my name to be called. I hear breathing and the soft murmurs of the others who are there for their own reasons. It takes me by surprise when my mom nudged my arm, letting me know it was my turn to be seen. My mind was clouded with the thoughts of what if and we’re lucky were okay. When the nurse left us in the room she took all noise and left only silence. My heart started to beat like a caged bird in my chest, my palms and back began to perspire, and my words tumbled out. The secret that felt dark to me for so long was released from the depths of my conscience and I knew there was no turning back. All my late night googling and library searching lead up to that precise moment, when…show more content…
It doesn’t make a difference if you’re straight, bisexual, transgender or asexual or gay, one should come into terms with who they are if they would like to respect and understand others. Moreover, this leads to the topic of sexual identity development or most commonly known as “coming out.” This process occurs in three steps: admitting to oneself that one has a homosexual or bisexual orientation, getting to know other homosexuals or of the same orientation, and telling family and friends of his or her sexual orientation (Bruce M. King). Each of these steps can affect the persons hearing this in different ways, but most importantly the person coming out. In the first step, these individuals knew they were different in some way growing up, yet didn’t know what it was. This “what” were the labels society has given homosexuals and bisexuals and etc. If society were to stop putting people with orientations that they don’t understand in boxes, there would be change. Others should become informed and ask sincere questions, and not promote violence, homophobia (the irrational fear of homosexuals), and sexual prejudice (society enforced negative attitudes towards homosexuals or bisexuals) (Chapter 9). By understanding ourselves, we can then understand others because coming out is important to everyone, they are validating who they are and what they feel. If someone comes to you, hear them,…show more content…
In chapter 5 the definition of an STI is; infections that can be, but are not necessarily always, transmitted by sexual contact (Bruce M. King). Some examples of STIs that can interfere with health and relationships are: Gonorrhea, also known the clap, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes and HIV/AIDS, and HPV just to label the major ones. If a person is sexually active, it is best for them get checked every three months or so. If they unluckily do have an STI or infection it is best for them to follow their doctor’s orders and tell their partner(s) the news. It’s also important for persons to practice safe sex such as using condoms or being committed to one partner, or as we know it monogamy. The book also empathizes communication in relationships. Having the knowledge and being aware of these practices is how individuals can respect others and
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