It was in a hectic time of my life filled with fighting a lot of life battles. So I feel there is room for any type of artist to make it.
I was just making a lot of decisions that I would not normally make.
, which brought to the screen Pedro Zamora, a 22-year-old out gay, HIV-positive AIDS educator. He feels no shame, he says, and like many of his generation, Williams — who says he was embraced by the gay community — argues that sexual orientation and who you have sex with or who you love just doesn't matter anymore.
There had never been a person like Zamora on-screen, and though he had drama — including homophobic bullying and constant conflict with David "Puck" Rainey — MTV's young viewers tentatively embraced him, calling him brave and bold and other adjectives that were appropriate to the day. We spoke with Williams to talk about OK, this is awkward.
I mean, whatever your sexual orientation is who cares? You’re the son of a preacher and were raised with conservative values. It is there for people’s entertainment, so they are not going to show us sitting around the house watching television or reading magazines. Who’s your favorite She gets my pick as my favorite — not to mention she is super hot.
The big misconception used in religion is that some sin is worse than others. My belief is that God forgives anybody who believes and wants a new start in life. But are we headed towards a point where the hetero/homo binary will collapse, and where gender will play less of a role in sexual preference?Given the continued privilege that comes with a heterosexual identity and the powerful political and emotional history of gay and lesbian identities and movements, I don’t think so.Shy bi, thinking: "Oh, she looks so sweet, I wish I could kiss her . Just to let you know, I'm bi, and I hope that's okay."Shy bi: "Um, yeah. Common worries: Too much pressure to “come out” and/or categorize yourself in some way, worried that people won’t be satisfied with what you are able to give, worried about being harassed by 10,000 creepy dudes, body image issues, shame about being a late bloomer. I’m resisting a serious urge to matchmake here, like the way I wanted all the ancient statues without heads to go to a party with all the ancient statue heads when I went to the art museum as a child.The ONS survey raises empirical questions which are connected to those of identity.It specifically asked questions about sexual identity, rather than exploring the more complicated links between identity, behaviours and desires.The category “bisexual” is also very internally diverse.Many would argue that there are many different types of bisexuality and other sexual identities which the ONS survey does not explore.Flash forward to and viewers will meet the 2013 incarnation of orientation: Marlon Williams, a former Texas Tech linebacker from Pflugerville, Texas. MTV tells us “Marlon has had intercourse with a man before and does identify with being bisexual. But he says that he is more attracted to women and doesn't think he would be with a man again.” We could just take their word for it, but we’d rather you tell us yourself how you identify and why.