UK City of Southampton Educates Folk about the Klein Grid

A large city in the United Kingdom about 75 miles southwest of London is educating its citizens (and anyone else who may stumble upon it) on the Klein Grid, as well as other ways of identifying one’s sexuality.
Southampton, with a population of 253,651, has a city-funded website with all sorts of information on it, including a detailed look at the Klein Grid (CLICK HERE) which was developed by bisexual psychiatrist Dr. Fritz Klein who founded the American Institute of Bisexuality, which owns this website.
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The Klein Grid is a more detailed way of defining one’s sexuality taking into consideration past, present and future sexual activity and desires. The commonly-used Kinsey scale, rating one’s sexuality to one number between 0 and 6 has often been the only way of identifying one’s sexuality.
“We have a great deal of information on the site that reflects what our citizenry is interested in,” said a website creator of the site. “It is not decided by the politicos, but generally the content reflects the interest of the communities, and common questions that may come to the library staff. We have also other modes of sexual identity mentioned on the site.”
Southampton’s website also discusses the Kinsey Scale, the Multidimensional Scale of Sexuality, the Storms Sexuality Axis and the Limoncelli Scale of Sexuality which was created as a joke by long-time bisexual activist Tom Limoncelli.

The Southampton Online Directory is a free and impartial service provided by Southampton City Council in partnership with the federal government and generally provides information about services available to the citizens of Southampton. The information on the site doesn’t represent any particular political endorsement or statement, according to the webmaster, nor does the city council have much input into the contents of the site.

Nevertheless, it seems amazingly progressive for a city website to mention the Klein Grid in such great detail. It even has a question-and-answer to combine scoring, but the webmaster is careful to point out that none of this information is stored or kept by the city website.

In fact, the scoring system, when hitting SUBMIT, doesn’t actually work—for the Klein Grid, Kinsey Scale or any of the other sexuality identifiers.

They’re working on, we are assured.



Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]