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Do I have to label myself?

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Last Updated: 05/18/2020 at 2:47pm
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Top Rated Answers
erenflowers
April 16th, 2016 5:42pm
Of course not. It's entirely up to you, although it might confuse others. Reasons people do label themselves is purely so they can figure out who they are. Labeling might or might not be right for you, but going without labels is perfectly normal and okay.
Anonymous
June 21st, 2016 1:37am
Never. Labels mean nothing. Be who you want to be. So what if anyone doesn't like it, you are you and labels are made for now reason.
Melody293
July 25th, 2016 12:16am
No. Under no circumstance do you ever have to label yourself. Some people like being able to labels themselves, as it helps them to feel a little more self-assured. However, nobody should ever feel the need to label themselves. If your comfortable without one, good for you!
littleredx1
April 4th, 2017 9:11pm
Absolutely not! If you are not comfortable labelling yourself in any way, don't! I, for one, never label my sexual identity because I am still trying to figure it out.
Artemidesia
May 8th, 2017 10:01am
It is totally a personal choice. Some people feel that they need a label, while others​ think that labelling themselves is not important. Towards the end, it is your life and your choice. Label yourself if you want to. Don't label yourself just because you junk you need to. It is not a necessity. It is just a choice.
Anonymous
July 4th, 2017 3:17am
Noooooo! This is so important, labels are in no way nessicary! Remember, binary and sexuality are both spectrums, and you could be anywhere along them. My advice is simple: love who you want to love, be who you want to be, and you don't need labels to do any of those things! And if you find a label that fits, great! You are perfect regardless of wether you have a label or not, or what the label is!!!❤️❤️❤️
GentleSun04
July 24th, 2017 11:28am
Absolutely not!! Labels are only for people who WANT them! If you don't feel there's a label that fits you, or, you simply don't want to be labelled, that's completely okay!
orientalfairy
July 31st, 2017 1:29pm
Absolutely not. A lot of people, including myself, seem to feel some sort of pressure to label themselves. However, my experiences has showed me that it is not necessary to permanently label yourself. In some situations it can indeed be helpful, but in general, you don't have to in all circumstances.
WonderlandRabbit
August 29th, 2017 5:27am
You don't have to label yourself at all. One of the best things about life is that we are constantly changing, so even if you do label yourself, you might find that in years or maybe even days later, that label might change.
FromDrewWithLove
February 5th, 2018 7:15pm
Not at all! If you aren't comfortable with a label, you don't need one. Labels help some people have a sense of belonging and community, but it doesn't feel the same way to others. You do not have to label yourself if you don't want to, but you have the choice if you want to later on. In the end, it's all up to you.
generousSpring6237
February 7th, 2018 1:32am
Of course not! No one has to label themselves. It's entirely up to you.
SwordAndThePen
February 7th, 2018 3:41am
Of course you don't. Labels help some people feel more comfortable, but that's not true for everyone. If you're more comfortable without a label, that's up to you!
Mango3
February 15th, 2018 7:06pm
No, you don't have to. You know who you are and what you want in life no label will ever define that.
Thehelpfulnurse
April 10th, 2018 8:25am
Absolutely not! Labels are overrated. Be yourself and as long as you're happy with who you are at the end of the day that's all that matters.
Domothedinocx
May 29th, 2018 7:45pm
You don't have to label yourself or stick yourself inside a certain box. Be yourself! Nothing is better than being yourself and being happy.
HannahBackward
June 25th, 2018 1:02am
We use labels to make it easier for ourselves to move through the world and be understood by others. Labels aren't necessarily an inherently bad thing. But you don't HAVE to label yourself, especially if it makes you feel uncomfortable or limited in your self-expression.
SmilesToSmile
August 14th, 2018 3:28am
No! While people often like labels, either to reassure themselves of part of their ide gift, or to explain part of who they are easily to others, there is no need for you to label yourself at all if you don't want to. A label or lack thereof doesn't mean you know yourself any more or less than anyone else :).
Aayla
- Expert in LGBTQ+ Issues
June 10th, 2019 1:38pm
Only if you want to! Labels regarding sexual orientation and gender identity are only there to be used if it's comfortable for you. If labeling yourself makes you feel good and confident in who you are, you can do it. If labels are just an uncomfortable burden to you, it's not necessary for you to pick one. Just live your life and do whatever makes you feel happy, and it's gonna be alright!