After writing this up and seeing the stereotypes bisexual people face, it reminds me a lot of being mixed — the idea that you should be able to fit in multiple places, but ultimately end up not fitting in. Some people in the LGBTQIA community treat bisexuality like it’s less legitimate than being “fully” homosexual, and some straight people just lump that whole community together without seeing the nuances. The comparison is not to bring up any “boo hoo, I’m mixed” stories, but rather to show that although there is a perceived straight-passing privilege, bisexual people still face oppressions. They are people that can and do feel pain, and it upsets me that others are so averse to caring about or acknowledging the feelings of their peers that they let generalizations guide how they treat each other. Giving a damn doesn’t make you lame or weak.It’s also so important to remember that not every bisexual person (or gay person, or straight person, or any other orientation) is going to think about their sexuality in the same way. To some, it might the most important thing about them, but others might not guide their entire lives according to their attraction. While we want to dispel these myths about this group, we also want to remind readers that members of the group might not be so focused on labeling themselves. Everyone has their own agency when it comes to who they are — don’t expect your agency to be respected if you can’t do the same.
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