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Bisexuality and biromanticism are an old and oft-misunderstood orientation. Bisexuals and biromantics are vilified by straight and gay communities and subject to much hatred.

BisexualityEdit

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the bi pride flag

Bisexuality as currently defined by the community is the attraction to any combination of at least two genders. Much mythology suggests that it is only the attraction to the two binary genders, but every major bisexual organization and most activists agree that this is outdated and erasing not only to bisexuals' experiences as a whole, but specifically to nonbinary bisexuals in the community.[1]

Biphobia and Bi Health and Sexual ViolenceEdit

Bis and people of similarly MAS (multi-attraction spectrum) identities have a track record for being excluded from the mainstream "LGBT" movement, much to the dismay of bisexuals, as this has caused extreme statistics regarding healthcare, mental health, drug abuse, and sexual violence for and toward bi people compared to straight and gay counterparts.

Some of these statistics are: [2][3]

  • 46.1% of bi women in the US are raped in their lifetime, opposed to 13.1% of lesbians and 17.4% of straight women 
  • 47.4% of bi men in the US experience sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime, opposed to 40.2% of gay men and 20.8% of straight men
  • 55% of bi people are not out to their coworkers, opposed to 8% of gay men and 6% of lesbians
  • More than 40% of bi people have considered suicide, opposed to 8.5% of straight people and 27% of gay people

Bisexuals of HistoryEdit

Some prominent bisexuals in history are:

  • Sylvia Rivera, the trans woman of color who started the Stonewall Riots[4]
  • Alfred Kinsey, the man at the forefront of sexuality research in the early 1900's[5]
  • Pharaoh Akhenaten, married to Queen Nefertiti[6]
  • Virginia Woolf, author of such classics as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse[7]
  • Oscar Wilde, author and playwright[8]
  • Sappho, ancient poet from the island of Lesbos, Greece, who is often misidentified as a lesbian[9]

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