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Educate Yourself, Educate Others: Kinsey Scale

The pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his associates is still referred to in much of the current literature on LGBT issues. The most revealing point from these studies is that there is a broad spectrum of sexual orientation, not just two: heterosexual and homosexual. Instead of picturing sexual orientation as an either/or issue, Kinsey developed a seven point continuum based on the degree of sexual responsiveness people have for members of the same and opposite sex. Kinsey suggested that it is necessary to consider a variety of activities in assessing as individual's ranking on the continuum: fantasies, thoughts, dreams, emotional feelings, and frequency of sexual activity.

0 -- exclusively heterosexual

1 -- predominantly heterosexual, incidentally homosexual

2 -- predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual

3 -- equally heterosexual and homosexual

4 -- predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual

5 -- predominantly homosexual, incidentally heterosexual

6 -- exclusively homosexual

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