Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why We Use The Word Bisexual

Bisexual has a historical significance for the bisexual community

Bisexual is a Community Identity Label (similar to “lesbian,” “gay,” “straight,” or “queer”). Many bisexuals use Personal Identity Labels that serve a vital function in describing differences while giving each individual a space to be unique.

 Personal Identity Labels can include (but would never be limited to): fluid, multisexual, non-monosexual, pansexual, polysexual, pomosexual, and omnisexual.

 The internal conversation between bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community members about labels should not be used as a rationale for not serving the needs of the same community.

 “Bisexual or Pansexual?” can be considered the bisexual equivalent to internal community conversations many gay and lesbian people have regarding personal approaches to identification (e.g. “masculine,” “butch,” “femme,” or “queer”).

Some older bisexuals only prefer bisexual, some younger folks only prefer bi, and some only prefer using a personal identity label like non-monosexual or pansexual.

All bi+ identifications are equally valid so don’t “identity police” but DO spend time acknowledging the diversity that exists within the “B in LGBT”.

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From the 1990 Anything That Moves Bisexual Manifesto

Bisexuality is a whole, fluid identity. Do not assume that bisexuality is binary or duogamous in nature: that we have "two" sides or that we must be involved simultaneously with both genders to be fulfilled human beings. In fact, don’t assume that there are only two genders. Do not mistake our fluidity for confusion, irresponsibility, or an inability to commit. Do not equate promiscuity, infidelity, or unsafe sexual behavior with bisexuality. Those are human traits that cross all sexual orientations. Nothing should be assumed about anyone’s sexuality, including your own. 

BiPrideGroupMarchingin1991 New York Area Bisexual Network Marching, 1991

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Photo of BiNet USA President that in a "Say Bisexuality Is Binary One More Time" meme. Meme type first created by Shiri Eisner, Radical Bi. Photo Credit: Faith Cheltenham,