Bisexual Visibility Day has been celebrated on 23 September for the last 20 years. Some people who identify as bisexual have told the BBC of issues they regularly come across when trying to live openly as bisexual individuals. They have experienced abusive relationships, disrespect in the workplace, and discrimination on dating apps just because of their sexuality. Matt is a graduate trainee living in Cambridge.
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Bisexuality is more and more common or at least people feel comfortable talking openly about their sexuality. There is so much variation in gender expressions, but how could you be into two things on opposite sides of the spectrum? The answers are varied though there are definitely some themes. Overall, there seems to be a lot of fans of feminine men and masculine women, which tracks. Very few people mentioned non-binary or genderqueer individuals, which is a shame, because they often have some of the most charming mixes of the masculine and feminine. Oh well. I just hope everyone gets to have hot, consensual sex with the partners of their choosing.
But sometimes they feel a bit left out. New York magazine recently profiled the "four most desirable people on OKCupid. It also provides various features to keep "the gays" from "the straights" which is an added layer of protection for women who love women, and who have no interest in men and their invitations for threesomes. But even bisexuals have a hard time looking for love on the site. Being bisexual means you want to have your cake and eat it too … right?
Amber Rose, the model and famed ex of Kanye West, recently stated that although she is attracted to men and women, she would not date a bisexual man. Despite this lingering stigma, the experiences of heterosexual women in committed relationships with bisexual men have never really been examined. But the new book Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men does exactly that. Co-authored by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, a lecturer in Social Diversity at Deakin University, and her co-researcher Sara Lubowitz, the work is based on the insights of 79 Australian women involved with bisexual men.