The following questions are aimed at gender identity, gender expression, romantic orientation, and/or sexual orientation. To cut down on wordiness, all the questions below will just say...
The following questions are aimed at gender identity, gender expression, romantic orientation, and/or sexual orientation. To cut down on wordiness, all the questions below will just say "identity", but know that I'm asking about any and all of the different parts that make up our gendered, romantic, and sexual selves.
You don't necessarily need to answer regarding all axes or focuses: choose the ones most salient or meaningful to you and your experiences. Furthermore, these questions are open to all, including people who don't identify as LGBT.
- How would you describe the rigidity/fluidity of your identity or its different parts?
- Do you experience short-term changes in your identity?
- Have you experienced long-term changes in your identity?
- Does your identity have any elements that are unchanging long-term?
- How does the fluidity/rigidity of your identity affect you? Are there advantages? Disadvantages?
- Are you certain in your identity right now, or is it unclear to you at the moment?
- If you are certain, do you think that certainty will persist, or might things change in the future?
- If you are uncertain, do you think a more definite identity will coalesce for you at some point?
As always, the questions are just jumping off points and don't need to be treated like a quiz. Also, just to be clear, I am asking this purely out of curiosity and am in no way trying to assert that a more rigid/fluid identity is better/worse. Likewise, I'm not trying to cast judgment on anyone still questioning or engaging in self-discovery. Your process and your identity are valid wherever you're at and however you feel. I'm simply interested to hear what your experiences are, whoever you are.