Bisexual Visibility Day has been celebrated on 23 September for the last 20 years. Some people who identify as bisexual have told the BBC of issues they regularly come across when trying to live openly as bisexual individuals. They have experienced abusive relationships, disrespect in the workplace, and discrimination on dating apps just because of their sexuality. Matt is a graduate trainee living in Cambridge. He has struggled to maintain relationships with both men and women, and says he now has to lie about his sexuality in order to date people.
What are some of the challenges facing these couples? These women faced the perceived stigma that bisexual men were deceitful; that you can't trust them.
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But then a lot of women said, "Look, it's not like that at all. When you're with a straight man, he could be seeing another woman. We actually found women talking about something called "gendered monogamy"—often women were much happier being with a bisexual man, and one of the rules that they had established in their relationship was: "Well, you can have a male partner, but you're not going to have other women partners. How did the women cope with this stigma? When women confided in friends and counselors about their relationships, they were often met with questions like: "What's wrong with you that you'd want to be with a bisexual man?
Other women were biesxual about their validity as women: "Well obviously you're inadequate," or, "There's something wrong with you as a woman that a bisexual man would find you attractive. Once again, it's women who are viewed as the problem. Women were asked, "What's wrong with you? How did these couples fit in with the wider queer community?
One of the other findings that was really important was these women feeling ostracized, not only from the straight world or the hetero world, but the predominantly gay and lesbian communities.
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Women felt they were actually stigmatized, and their partners would often feel like they didn't even fit in there. They would receive very abusive, spiteful comments about these relationships, like: "You can't trust [him]," or "There's no real thing such as bisexuality.
This was especially the case for younger women in urban inner cities who were hanging out in queer communities. They went from being "gay men's best friends" and hanging out with them, but as soon as some of these women fell in love with a bisexual man, or a man who thought he was gay then fell in love with her—suddenly they were kind of ostracized.
The reaction was, "Oh, you've taken one of our gay men," or they'd say things like, "Oh, beware, here she comes, she's gonna steal our boyfriends.
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Women felt this was very misogynistic. What were some factors that determined the datingg of these relationships? Woman's happiness in the relationship often had to do with whether the woman knew her partner was bisexual before they became involved, biesxual if the partner was already out.
Women who knew about their partner's bisexuality at the beginning at the relationship were in a much better position. Men who were not out to their partners at the beginning, on the other hand, were more likely to, unfortunately, be violent—emotionally and biswxual their female partners. Do these men struggle more with coming out than gay men and if so, why? The number of gay men who marry and then come out later has dropped significantly because society has become much more accepting of gay men.
But the same thing needs to happen for bisexual men.
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Society often portrays male bisexuals as devious, evil, or untrustworthy. Most films that have bisexual men in them have them as either murderers or they have to die—by committing suicide or being killed. Whereas bisexual women are the "hot sexy predators. Those women and men who came from strict religious backgrounds… often those restrictions were what caused men not to come out [as bisexual], and later it manifested in very difficult situations with their partners.
They had not been allowed to datinf to be out, so all those frustration, anger and shame was being [projected] onto the women. She said there was often a lot of secrecy involved in these women's lives. Shock, betrayal and grief was a big part of it, and the fact they felt so isolated. For some, Lubowitz says, the bisexual infidelity daing marginally easier to bear than the heterosexual kind.
You aren't prepared for dealing with the complicated feelings that come up. For some women they don't feel it is a threat if the man has sex with other men, because you can't compete with another man. Did you know Life Matters is also a podcast? Palotti-Chiarolli says some women do go into these relationships fully aware of the situation, qoman specific rules for each couple are key.
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An important question, she says, is whether each partner intends to be monogamous, and if not, under what conditions they sleep with other people. Palotti-Chiarolli says bisexual men are often more sensitive fathers because they've had to challenge some of the stereotypes of masculinity.
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We went through some difficulties, and we also went through some great times,' she says. While Lubowitz's son, aged 20, knows his father is bisexual, their year-old daughter doesn't know.
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