LGBTQ Relationships: Breaking out of labels

Erin M. Douglas

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Misconceptions, lies and rumors have infiltrated LGBTQ relationships throughout the twenty-first century, but gender roles and sexuality within these relationships have been widely misunderstood.

“LGBTQ relationships don’t have to be the same dynamic as a heterosexual relationship,” said Kara Zehner, freshman English student. “If I’m dating a girl people think that one person has to be butch and the other has to be feminine.”

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Pansexual and Asexual are a few of the many sexualities and gender identities that often get confused or misinterpreted.

“When people don’t know the answer to a question about an LGBT relationship they try to heteronormalize it,” said Nate Todd, senior communications major.

A common misconception about LGBTQ relationships is identifying one person as more masculine or more feminine. Instead, people in the LGBTQ community generally view gender as fluid or on…

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