Ted Haggard, the evangelical minister of Colorado Springs’ New Life Church who was outed in 2006 as the client of a male prostitute, doesn’t believe in labels. “I think of myself as a heterosexual but with issues,” Haggard said in an interview. “Those labels just don’t work, and from the research, they don’t work for most people. The boxes don’t work for me,” he said.
Is Haggard taking a progressive stance here in asserting that dividing the spectrum of sexuality into two opposing camps (heterosexual; homosexual) serves only to condemn those members we deem to be “deviant,” and repress all others into sexual conformity? Or does he just not want to admit that he might be gay?