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BISEXUALITY: THE INVISIBLE MAJORITY

What do you think of when you hear the

word bisexual? Most people would say

the definition would be one who likes or is

attracted to either sex, male or female, but

this definition is too simplistic and only partially

correct. Robin Ochs, an American bisexual activist,

said “I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge

in myself the potential to be attracted, romantically

and/or sexually, to people of more than one sex, not

necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the

same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”

According to

The Bisexual Index

, “Bisexuality

isn’t more complicated than that – ‘attraction to

more than one gender.’ It’s not incompatible with

identifying as gay, either. Bisexuality is proof that

sexuality isn’t ‘either/or,’ it is ‘and.’” June Jordan,

a bisexual Caribbean-American poet and activist,

declares, “Bisexuality means I am free and I am

as likely to want to love a woman as I am likely to

Bisexuality:

The Invisible Majority

By Mark Bobo ENG-W364

want to love a man, and what about that? Isn’t that

what freedom implies?” The definition can vary

depending on the person who is asked.

Audrey Landford, an IU Southeast student who

self identifies as bisexual, says there is a common

misconception in both of these communities that if

someone comes out as bisexual, that individual is

really homosexual or is on their way to becoming

gay/lesbian. This is especially true if the individual

is male. Females that come out as bisexual are often

seen as just experimenting.

According to Audrey, some familiar misconceptions

include the statements “You are just confused” or

“You just have not had sex with the right person

yet.” These statements are not only false, but

hurtful. Another misconception is that bisexuals

are more promiscuous and therefore more likely

to cheat. An individual who identifies as bisexual