Inspired by discussion on this post on s/LGBDropTheT
I think the terms are fine as is. When applied to a person, the labels "gay", "lesbian", and "straight" imply exclusivity, as they are qualities of a person. When applied to something temporary like a sexual act, they imply nothing about a person's orientation, only the sexes of the people engaged in the act. The same is also true for relationships. If I call a straight relationship an "opposite sex relationship", that's just the same thing in different words. The word "heterosexual" just means attraction to the opposite sex, and only implies exclusivity when applied to a person, in which case it would be describing their immutable orientation. Sexual orientation labels are mutually exclusive. When a person says they're heterosexual, they mean it as opposed to the other sexual orientations, in this case homosexual and bisexual. A bisexual person experiences both heterosexual and homosexual attraction without being a (/n exclusive) heterosexual or homosexual.
What do you think?
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