Very few people are aware of this day. In fact, bi folks face quite a few unique challenges. The more time I spend involved in bi activism and talking to other bi folks, the more I hear one major complaint.
Yeah but, can it really be that bad? This week, the online adult store, Adamandeve. So yes it really is that bad. Imagine if instead of bisexual, the survey had said left-handed. But bisexuality is, of course, different. Bisexuality does relate to relationships more than your dominant hand.
From the lesbian women: To quote Dan Savage: Your relationship will fail for reasons any of your other relationships might fail. Whether she goes on to date a man or a woman in no way invalidates your relationship. From the straight women: Yes, some men say they are bi before they say they are gay. Some gay men say they are straight before they say they are gay. So why not give a guy a chance? From the gay men: It is a real orientation.
I know that coming out is a unique and difficult thing. Some have high sex drives; some have low. Some are polyamorous; some are monogamous.
Some are awesome people; some are probably less awesome. You frequently want an explanation for why a bad thing happened. It sucks, but the solution is not to avoid ever dating anyone again. Just because one person hurt you, it does not mean that they represent the actions of an entire group. Everyone is allowed to have dating preferences and some of them are more idiosyncratic than others. People are unwilling to believe a bi person when they say that they are monogamous or when they say that they are truly interested in you or even when they say that they are bi.
Bisexual is a simple word. Any other assumption based upon that word is a biphobic stereotype. So please take a moment and think. Would you be open to dating someone who is bisexual? Could it possibly be prejudice and stereotypical assumptions? Bi folks, remember bi visibility day is coming up.
Take the time to discuss some of these prejudices with people and see if we can change some minds. More from my site.