What’s with the sudden proliferation of genders and sexual orientations?

What’s with the sudden proliferation of genders and sexual orientations?

[Ed. – If I recall correctly, Facebook was only able to come up with 50-some permutations of gender and sexual orientation.  Has SUNY set a new world record?]

At my alma mater, the State University of New York (SUNY), the beginning of this school year saw a brand new classification system. Now there are seven gender choices available man, woman, trans man, trans woman, genderqueer/gender fluid, questioning, and unsure (seems surprising they don’t have all of the above as a choice).  And for sexual orientation there are eight different options; straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, and unsure, plus a write-in option for each category. Call me crazy but I have no idea what some of the above mean, and can some explain the difference between unsure and questioning?  When one counts the choice of writing in your own sexual orientation, SUNY students get to pick from 72 possible gender and sexual orientation combinations to self-categorize. …

Perhaps it’s me, but in promoting diversity, isn’t the state promoting divisiveness by identifying people by gender and sexual orientation?

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