Author’s Note: I’m going to use the words, “bisexuality” and “queer” interchangably. This is not because I believe they are the same thing, it is because the two often confront similar stigmas.
“Just a phase.”
The sentiment is really nasty, isn’t it? These particular words have one very mean-spirited purpose: to immediately deny another person of very valid feelings. When you project impermanence on another person’s feelings, you discredit the idea altogether.
But even in gay and allied communities, this same ugly phrase is often applied to those who identify as bisexual or queer.
Bisexual youth face a unique challenge, facing exclusion in both straight and gay communities. Much of this is a result of mass media’s gross oversimplification of bisexualilty—often cariacturizing this complex sexual orientation with a mere fantasy of heterosexual fulfillment, especially among bisexual and queer females.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where (regardless of gender) bisexuality is largely considered a less serious or less valid sexual orientation. So, in lieu of this, I’d like to introduce you all to some very serious (living and historic) bisexual and queer figures!