Today (September 23) is Bisexual Pride Day - a day to recognize, celebrate, and honor bisexual individuals. According to Huffington Post's article "Bisexual Visibility Day: 22 Reasons We're Celebrating," 'Bisexual people make up more than fifty percent of the LGBT community, yet are often invisible because we're perceived
as straight or gay, depending on the gender of our partners.'
Speaking from my own personal experience, identifying as bisexual was one hellish encounter after another as straight and gay folk alike would mock and belittle my sexual identity. Sex with women "didn't count" or else I was "selling out" or "passing/pretending" by being with a male partner, etc. Even in the LGBT support group at my college, I was so mocked by the leadership that I stopped attending meetings and began avoiding nearly every person I'd met there.
As the years went on, I started to HATE the term bisexual because it became a symbol of all that hatred and judgement others put on me, so I now identify as queer. And I'm not the only one. According to a new study on bisexual American youth released by the Human Rights Campaign, many bisexual youths surveyed defined themselves as either "queer" or "pansexual," rather than bisexual.
You can increase your awareness of the struggles bisexual persons face by:
- reading "Understanding Issues Faced by Bisexual Americans"
- or reading "Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth".
If you're interested in learning about famous bisexual persons, check out Huffington Post's slideshow on 28 bisexual celebrities.
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