What does it mean to be bisexual? In general today, bisexuality is defined as attraction to people of one’s own gender and one or more other genders. However, this definition may change depending on who you ask; some may say that bisexuality is the attraction to only males and females, but no other gender, so it is important to understand that bisexuality is not entirely black and white.
Fortunately, people of many different sexualities and genders are able to find support within the LGBTQ+ community. However, bisexual people are often unable to find this support, facing the same amount of rejection inside and outside of the community. This is due to the many myths surrounding bisexuality, which can be extremely hurtful and damaging. Here are a few common myths that need to be debunked in order to promote its acceptance:
“Bisexuality is just a phase.”
Often times people say that bisexuality is “just a phase,” that someone will “grow out of it,” or is “just experimenting” or “confused.” Although it is true that some people identify as bisexual at one point and another sexuality later on, the majority of bisexual people will continuously identify as such, and it is not up to anyone else besides them to make that call.
“A person cannot be bisexual unless they have been with people of more than one gender.”
A person’s sexuality is not defined by past romantic experiences. In fact, many people are aware of their sexuality before they have any experiences at all. You wouldn’t tell a straight person that they can’t be straight until they’ve been with someone of the opposite gender, so why say that to a bisexual person?
“Bisexual people have to be equally attracted to both genders.”
This myth runs along the same lines as the claim that bisexuals are “half gay, half straight.” In fact, any bisexual person may experience different levels, or types, of attraction to any gender. What’s more, the type and amount of attraction to a certain gender that a bisexual person experiences may change throughout their lifetime.
These myths about bisexuality are just a few of the most common ones; there are many, many more that need to be discredited. However, hopefully they were able to eliminate some confusion about what bisexuality really is and why it is so important that we start clearing up the stigma around it.
Here are a few more fast facts about the bisexual population: