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On Raven-Symoné and Erasing Black Lesbian Identity

Dinean Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dinean Robinson

Refusing a label or claiming humanism does not excuse Raven from the responsibility she bears as a participant in communities where people are fighting and dying to exist. Nor does it help deconstruct the racist, homophobic systems prevalent in America.

When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

Larry Womack | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating."

3 Ways Labeling Our Child Saved Our Sanity

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

His diagnosis enabled us to let go of some of the self-blame and shame we were struggling with and reinvest our energy into learning about Aidan's condition and helping him to recover.

The Latest Attempt to Help You Eat Better: Will It Work?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Dunaway Teh

Is basing serving sizes on what people actually eat the right decision in light of current rates of obesity and chronic disease? Or will it only further confuse consumers on what is an appropriate serving size, adding to the education burden that already exists?

Both Members of Relationship 'Totally Cool' With Title-Free Existence

Reductress | Posted 09.08.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

"We're just going on dates, texting incessantly, and relying on one another for comfort and emotional support," said Dash. "Why try to define that?"

Casting Off Stereotypes: I Am More Than a Label

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

Because of all this conditioning that society and our social groups put upon us to be labeled, we begin to come up with our own labels for who we are and what we believe. Do you feel it's right for people to label one another, and are we really the sum of our labels?

I've Never Met an Atheist or a Religious Believer

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Which "me" should be running the show? We're all in the closet, so to speak. We barely come out to ourselves and never completely to others. I've never met an unequivocal atheist or religious believer.

Boys in Chairs: My First Time, 11 Years Later

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

As quickly as those words entered my ears, I became the boy in the chair. Immediately an outsider in a group that was supposed to embrace outsiders.

The Teacher Called My Son a Dream Student, But I Refuse to Call Him Smart

Clint Edwards | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

Being labeled smart has a lot of drawbacks. It places a person on a pedestal, and if they take risks, they might fail, and lose the their smart status. Plus, when someone is gifted, they shouldn't have to work hard... right? Stupid people have to put effort into something. Or at least that is what's commonly understood.

You Don't Have to Live by Your Label

Shelby Doherty | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

Don't let what people label you, define you. Just because someone calls you a word doesn't mean that is what you are required to be. Instead, go out and define yourself. You'll find that you have so much more to offer than you ever imagined.

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

Gary North | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary North

I'm tired of scientists, sociologists, politicians and religious leaders pontificating on whether I exist.

What'd You Call Me? Better Not Be 'Boomer'

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

A rose by any other name is still a rose, right? Maybe not. A recent New York Times story said that people in their 50s actually don't really like bei...

And What Will The Pretty One Have?

Kristin Shaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

I can teach my son that people who say mean things, intended or unintended, are feeling mean about themselves or have had too much meanness directed at them. They are people with a lot of hurt in their lives too; it's impossible to feel happy when you are hurting others.

Don't Label Me

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

If you must put a label on someone, tell them they have a tendency to be successful. Tell them that they will excel. Tell them that they are wonderful. Tell them that they are beautiful. Tell them that they shine.

Don't Blame Me -- My Child Has DMDD, ODD, and ADHD: The DSM-V, Parenting and Labels

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Avidan Milevsky

The haphazard labeling of children has the potential of creating a parental lack of responsibility. It is much easier to blame some chemical imbalance for a child's behavior than engage in the excruciating hard work of proper parenting.

Let's Face It: Food Expiration Dates Are Worthless

OnEarth | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
OnEarth

Although most of us routinely fall prey to those dated grocery store labels -- chucking entire jars of "expired" mayo for fear of poisoning our sandwich-eating kids, for example -- it turns out that those designations are actually pretty meaningless.

Meatless Monday: No Labels, All Heart -- Mollie Katzen and 'The Heart of the Plate'

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Mollie Katzen, author of the beloved "The Moosewood Cookbook," that 1970s volume that defined (and fed) a generation, didn't invent vegetarianism. She...

WATCH: What's A 'Chapstick Lesbian,' Exactly?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 08.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Don't know what a chapstick lesbian is? A stem? Gender Queer? You're not alone. Terms to identify how "butch" or "femme" someone is within the gay com...

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If a doctor were to tell you that you had cancer, how would you feel in that moment? It is hard to have positive expectancy when your mind automatically sees a label or diagnosis as bad.

Stop Calling My Daughter A Princess

Carla Molina | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I tell them if they like princesses, choose the ones with admirable qualities. Choose the ones that empower them as little girls. None of this putting your life on hold until prince charming comes around.

WATCH: 'Star Trek' Star Clarifies Surprising Comments She Made About Her Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Zoe Saldana has an issue with labels -- of any kind. During a recent interview with BET, the actress discussed her role in the recently released "...

Why You're More Than One Woman

Leslie Rasmussen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Leslie Rasmussen

I'm so many different things to so many different people, and it changes depending on the time of day or even the month.

Flammable or Inflammable

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

"Inactive" means not active; ""incapable" means not capable; "inseparable" means not separable; and on and on the examples go. It doesn't make sense that "inflammable" means flammable. But we need to keep in mind that it's not always easy to translate one language accurately into another.

Label-Loving Congressman Suddenly Hates Labels

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.24.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

There's a desperate quality to Mike Coffman's actions these days, typified by his No-Labels maneuver, and with any luck it will be fully dissected by reporters the 2014 election nears.