The problem with labels is that they lead to stereotypes and stereotypes lead to generalizations and generalizations lead to assumptions and assumptions lead back to stereotypes. It’s a vicious cycle, and after you go around and around a bunch of times you end up believing that all vegans only eat cabbage and all gay people love musicals.
I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am, also, much more than that. So are we all.
I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate: I’m a woman. I’ll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I am an immigrant. I am a Buddhist. When I said this at one of my gatherings, they said, “Yes, but are you gay?” and I said, “Nobody’s perfect.”