It's Bisexual+ Awareness Week, which means it's time for a quick chat about bisexuality, queerness, and belonging. But first, let's revisit a caption from last year's post on Bisexuality Day:
"When I discuss bisexuality, I’m talking about folks who experience romantic or sexual attraction (in varying degrees) to people who are either similar to, or different from their own gender presentation and identity.
Bisexuality is valid and bisexual people deserve to have space in the LGBTQ+ community where they are not required to prove they are queer enough to be there.
Whether you are a cisgender woman partnered with a transman, a transman partnered with a nonbinary femme, a cisgender man partnered with another cisgender man, or any other beautiful combination, your bisexuality is valid."
I still stand by last year's post, because it's true: your bisexuality is valid and you belong here.
When folks come to me for therapy regarding concerns around their bisexuality, it's usually because of social rejection they've faced around their identity, which can sometimes result in internalized biphobia, or as writer Gabrielle Smith calls it, Queer Imposter Syndrome.
Here are some other reasons why people seek out therapy regarding their bisexuality:
For further reading on the experiences of bisexual folks, I recommend the following:
The Unique Challenges of Being Both Biracial and Bisexual by Caitie Gutierrez
Why I Don't Like Being Asked Which Gender I Prefer by Zachary Zane
Why Bisexuals Stay In The Closet by Emily Alpert
The Epistemic Contract of Bisexual Erasure by Kenji Yoshino