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”.
Bisexual, bi definition
More links on bi+ identity:
Bisexuality and Binaries Revisited by Julia Serano, who popularized the term gender binary to begin with as a bisexual trans author
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