Confronting the stigma of bisexuality

October is LGBT History Month. It is a time for us to recognize historic LGBT leaders and celebrate the progress made towards full LGBT equality. But the stigma towards bisexual people continues to hold back their authenticity.

A groundbreaking report from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission has defined the bisexual “erasure” problem this way: "Bisexuals experience high rates of being ignored, discriminated against, demonized, or rendered invisible by both the heterosexual world and the lesbian and gay communities. Often, the entire sexual orientation is branded as invalid, immoral, or irrelevant. Despite years of activism, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question. This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals' health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs." Ultimately, bisexuality myths only serve to amplify stereotypes about people who don't settle at one end of the homo/hetero binary, while also perpetuating stigmas that keep "biphobia" alive and well.

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