Biphobia





Bisexuality exists! Some men and women are attracted to people regardless of gender. Bisexuality can and does exist everywhere – problem is, some feel that cannot talk about it or identify because there are many myths and misconceptions about bisexuality…for example

Bi guys are just confused and need to come out:
People are seldom ‘confused’ about feelings of attraction and appeal. All people, at one point, or another can and will be confused about something in life – this is not more pronounced for bi guys. Sure, there may be some hesitation about being open about bisexuality, but that’s more about the negative attitudes and judgments from the people around us.

Bi guys are just greedy:
What is greed? It's not 'greed' if someone likes chocolate cake and fruit salad. Greed isn't a wide range of desire or attraction; it's excessive attraction. Some people seem to confuse being attracted to more than one gender with being attracted to everyone. We think this is rather silly - it's a bit like saying that lesbians or straight men are attracted to all women, or straight women and gay men are attracted to all men. Bisexuality isn't about 'all' it's about 'any' (Pulled from the “Bisexual Index”).

Bisexuality requires equal attraction to both men and women:
Some bisexuals prefer androgynous partners, some don't. Some really love the differences between the sexes, others don't see those differences. Some of us are only attracted to 5% of one gender, and 60% of the other - you don't need to be 50/50 or have those add up to 100. And some bisexuals believe that thinking in terms of two genders is restrictive. Sexuality isn't black and white - and the spectrum between gay and straight isn't greys (Pulled from the “Bisexual Index”).

Bi guys just have a hard time being monogamous:
Being attracted to people isn't cheating. Some people are attracted to more than one gender, some people to more than one skin colour, or height, or body shape, or age group, or background. Would a straight man attracted to both tall and short women be unable to remain faithful to a tall girlfriend? Would a lesbian woman attracted to both musicians and engineers be unable to commit to a guitarist?

How to combat biphobia?

  1. Talk about biphobia when we’re talking about homophobia – there are close links and relationships here
  2. Ignorance creates prejudice – some feel it’s best to be open and honest, but only if it’s safe for you to do so!
  3. Stand up against negativity and stereotypes
  4. Debunk the myths
  5. Support one another
  6. Stop the shaming when you hear it

 

EGALE’s National School Climate survey was conducted from 2007 to 2009 and reached over 3700 Canadian youth. The study’s 2011 report revealed:

Physical harassment about being LGBTQ
26% of female bisexual youth
12% of male bisexual youth

Mean rumours or lies about being LGBTQ
56% of female bisexual youth
37% of male bisexual youth

Skipping school due to feeling unsafe
29% of female bisexual youth
19% of male bisexual youth

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