It’s also a space for the voices of bisexual youth to be amplified as they share their experiences, offer support to each other, and highlight the need for more awareness on the issues bisexual youth face.These issues include, but are not limited to, bisexual erasure from LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ spaces, the prevalence of biphobia in those spaces, and the truth about bisexuality within nonbinary relationships.
This invalidates us not just as bisexual people, but as people in general. Luis: As a gay young person, I can barely make up my own mind about who I want to date, but I know I’m gay and that’s all that matters.
The word “bisexual” is a word that the bisexual movement reclaimed from the DSM III, which pronounced bisexuality as a mental illness. Rowan: Identifying as bisexual doesn’t mean you only recognize two genders, it just means you’re attracted to two or more genders. Alex: While that may be true for some bisexuals, it does not reflect the whole community.
Misconception: Bisexual = attraction to two genders. A more updated definition that has been adopted for bisexuality is “attraction to two or more genders”, or “attraction to same and other genders.”Misconception: Bisexuality is inherently transphobic because of the “two genders” deal Katie: Many bisexual people see bisexuality as being attracted to genders like our own and genders different from our own, not being attracted to two genders.
Alex: No sexuality is inherently more accepting than another.
To say that bisexual people only date cis people erases and discounts multiple bi people’s experiences, including bi trans people’s. Some date only men and women, some date women and nonbinary people, and some are attracted to all genders (two or more! There are transphobic people of all sexualities, and to suggest that bisexuality is inherently transphobic is biphobic.