When I begin to reflect on my thoughts and feelings regarding my own sexual identity, I face a dilemma I imagine is common for many; namely, that how I perceive my own sexual being is so inextricably connected with my sense of myself, it is difficult to isolate it as a distinct facet of who I am. In plain terms, gender and sexuality are so infused within individual being, there can be no truly valid separation of them from the self. Some of this, I believe, is certainly an effect of cultural influences, which are amplified as being maintained historically. Added to this is the inescapable fact that individuals shape the culture just as they are influenced by it. Then, further complicating the arena is the reality that personal sexual perceptions vary as men and women mature, and their needs and circumstances change. The entire subject is essentially vastly complex and, as I mentioned, I think this is true for most of us.