SFGN's Bisexual Special Package

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Even if “Bisexual” is the third letter in LGBT, it tends to be an afterthought. After first mention, the initialism typically gets synonymized with "gay and trans communities." Bi social groups are few and far between unless lumped in with other sexual identities. In fact, bisexuals didn't even have their own themed pride parade until just this year in Tel Aviv, Israel.

They are also often misunderstood. They face stigma from straight people and even members of the LGT community for "not being able to pick one" in terms of which gender they are attracted to. They are often accused of "actually being straight or gay, but not wanting to commit." People often falsely assume — with no help of media depictions — that bisexual people are promiscuous, they desire more than one partner, or that they cannot commit.

For these reasons, many bisexuals prefer to stay in the closet. Their mental stability often suffers from being isolated from all sides. They are less likely to seek out help for sexually transmitted illnesses.

But the truth is, their numbers are bigger than they seem.

The UK 2012 Bisexuality Report asserts that people who have ever been attracted to more than one gender make up “a significant minority, or even a majority, of the population.” Family members, neighbors, friends, celebrities — you may know many bisexual people without the slightest notion.

Despite what people may falsely believe, bisexuals do exist. They are real. They are not all promiscuous. They do not all prefer more than one partner. They are not faking it to fit in. They deserve as much as the rest of the LGBT community. And they most certainly aren't going to let a hurricane stop their time to shine.

Sept. 17 through 23 is Bisexual Visibility Week, with Saturday being 2017’s Bisexuality Day. Celebrate the visibility this week with South Florida Gay News.

Welcome to the bisexual special package.

 

Come back each day of Bisexual Visibility Week for more stories!

 

5 Ways to Celebrate Bisexual Visibility Week

Bisexual Activist to Bring Her Workshops Back to South Florida

Bisexuals at Higher Risk for STIs

Double Discrimination: Pressure to follow binaries puts bi individuals at higher risk for mental health issues

6 Bi Musicians You Can Hear On The Radio Right Now

Coming Out Introduced Pro Wrestler to Bisexual Stigma

Wonder Woman is Obviously Bisexual – Petition Launched to Make it Official

GLAAD, BiNetUSA to Host #BiWeek Twitter Chat with Bi Politicians

Hollywood's Bisexual Closet: Film Historian Boze Hadleigh Tells Stories of Bisexual Stars

Bisexual Activist Talks About Gender, Sexual Identity at Florida Atlantic

Broadway Actor Share His Bi Coming-of-Age Experience

How Visible Are Bisexuals in South Florida?

Column: Being Trans and Bi

 

Previous bisexual coverage:

Bi Default: Video games boost bisexual visibility like no other media

Feature: Monosexual Privilege

Feature: Celebrate Bisexuality Day: How, When, What, Why

Column: It's Time to Save the Bisexuals

Column: 5 Reasons Celebrities Should Embrace The ‘B’ Word

Profile: Pridelines Youth Director Disclosed Bisexuality On Spanish Television Show

Profile: Robyn Ochs - Bisexual Activist and Icon

Bisexuality on the Big Screen

Celebrity Bisexuals Under the Spotlight

The Basics of Biphobia in the Media

Op-Ed: On the word Bisexual

Column: Important ‘Bi-cons’ of the 60s and 70s


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