I was not really aware of what bisexuality was until I was in my late teens and I was questioning my own sexuality.
Everyone is different when it comes to their sexuality and how they identify, and this can be really hard for people. Mental Health for members of the LGBTQ+ community can suffer due to a number of different factors such as not finding others like them, not being confident enough to come out and so many other reasons. For me it was hard to come to terms with what bisexuality was and how I identified, this isn’t the case for everyone who is bisexual but for me I was a bit lost. Bisexuality has a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding it as it has been associated with cheating or indecision. This has meant that some people are not comfortable coming out as bisexual, because they can receive criticism from both the heteronormative and the LGBTQ+ community.
I was not really aware of what bisexuality was until I was in my late teens and I was questioning my own sexuality. It led to a lot of confusion, where I was trying to fit myself into a box that never quite felt right. Was I a lesbian? Was I straight? Neither felt quite right until I found out that there were people who could like multiple genders. There are various identities that encompass the idea of not seeing gender but the most well-known are pansexual and bisexual. There is a bit of a debate surrounding pansexuality and bisexuality on whether it is the same thing or not, however I believe that it is up to the individual to decide what is most comfortable for them.
Bi-visibilty is constantly increasing, with famous celebrities announcing their identity and a greater representation in media. Allowing bisexuality to become more normalised and open to everyone means that more people will feel comfortable in themselves. If I had seen more people as bisexual, in a positive light, I might have discovered my own self a lot quicker and felt comfortable.
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