I have seen a lot of anger and indignation over the past 24 hour directed at various people, such as thisiskatsblog, for daring to use the word “gay” in relation to dear Harold. Let me say right here and now that there are many sexual and gender possibilities; sexuality is a spectrum, not a fixed point; and that we can all agree that only Harry knows exactly how he identifies.
However, there are two things he has made clear this year:
- He is not bisexual (GQ Interview)
- His sexuality does not include women (yesterday’s interview)
All sexuality is a spectrum, like light itself. But like any spectrum, there are general umbrella groups. Magenta, Pink, Crimson, and “blood orange” are shades of color in their own right. But we can all agree that in the most basic umbrella terms, they are all Red. Calling them red does not diminish the brilliance of pink or the depth of crimson.
Given that in Harry’s own words his sexuality seems to be exclusive to men, calling him gay does not diminish any other sexual or gender identity that might reside in a deeper level. It is not forcing anything upon him. When discussing gender and sexuality, umbrella terms like gay, lesbian, and bisexual are perfectly acceptable when talking in general unspecific terms.
I know Trumblr prides itself on being politically correct and well informed; but the vitriol I have seen in the past 24 hours is simply stupid. Stop it! you’re better than that! This is our opportunity to have an intelligent discussion about important issues in our fandom and how we will react to them. Focusing exclusively on the specific terminology is simply an excuse to avoid facing the bigger issues. Harry Styles is not straight, and has no sexual interest in women. Get over it and stop trying to rationalize a scenario where you may still stand a remote chance.
At the end of the day we return to some simple fact that is as true today as it was four years ago: Unless you are a Louis Tomlinson, no one has the remotest chance in hell of getting anywhere near Harry.