It seems that you guys enjoy it when I apply sociological concepts to the queer community! Whether this is gender normative roles, internalised sexism or labelling theory. When we hear labels we tend to think in terms of bisexual, lesbian, gay and trans* as well as considering those more "radical, free" spirits who dare to label themselves as label free. In sociology we're more likely to look at the labels other people place upon you and look at how these are internalised. Labelling is simply the process of placing a meaning on a group of people or a person to describe their actions. Currently we're discussing crime and deviance in class so it's specific to deviant labels. However, we label all sorts of people- teenagers are typically seen to be more rowdy, old age pensioners can do no wrong and those with mental illnesses belong in the loony bill. Really, labelling theory is a fancy way of saying stereotyping!
One of the effects of labelling in crime and deviance is called Deviance Amplification, the process in which labelling makes crime and deviance more likely to occur. It's a little vicious cycle that goes like this: deviance occurs - deviance is reported - the media reports on it, usually exaggerates - panic sets in - more policing - thus more people are caught - media reports on crime going up - more deviance occurs, rinse and repeat! But how does this tie into the LGBTQ community?
Do I think gay sex is sexually deviant? Obviously not, but many people do, hence why this is an interesting thought experiment. Do you think I'm grasping at straws? Does gender and sex really affect everything? Are we affected by everything? Do you agree? Disagree? Why and why not?