How Does A Pandemic Help One Explore Sexuality?


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How Does A Pandemic Help One Explore Sexuality?

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In about September or October, I remember my friend reaching out to our group chat about how she was questioning her sexuality. This questioning soon led her to the realization that though she had identified as straight her whole life, she felt that the label of bisexual fit her better. Next thing I knew, she was dating a girl. When I decided to seek out material related to the expression of sexuality during the pandemic, I knew immediately that I wanted to dive deeper into her story and see if the pandemic had anything to do with the situation. One of the biggest issues I had with this interview was making sure that I was not overstepping any boundaries and getting too personal, going back to the ethical responsibility that historians/archivists have to respect the privacy of those who are aiding in their contribution. However, I feel that not only did I find more out about the effects of the pandemic, rather, I found more out about my friend than I had expected to.

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Interview, conducted through email. Responses recorded in a document. Interview conducted by myself with a close friend.

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This item was submitted on December 15, 2020 by Jackson Crilley using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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