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Identity Confusion

Your girlfriends have been talking nonstop about the dance. They've each got an eye on some guy they want to take. You play along, but guys really aren't your thing; you're too busy with homework and track practice. You don't tell your friends, but you'd much rather go to a track meet than to a prom.

The last time the team went out of town, you shared a room with the captain. You stayed up all night talking about everything. Everything but guys. Your friends think the captain is gay, but she looks like a movie star when she dresses up. She's not like other girls who have a crewcut and the build of a linebacker-not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just hard for you to understand; you've always thought of yourself as a girl. You like wearing dresses and getting your hair styled, but that never kept you from outrunning the boys at recess.

It would be kind of neat if the captain were a lesbian (What would that mean about you?). You think about her all the time. You wonder if she's going to the prom. Maybe you could double date? You're not that interested in any guys, but you could play along. It might be fun. You'll try to bring it up after practice and see what she says.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Identity Confusion
  • Sexual Identity Encompasses Gender Role, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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