March is Bisexual Awareness Month so today we have a guest blog written by bisexual Person-centred Counsellor Becki Clitsome (She/Her) .
This month is a time to break down the barriers and raise awareness of bisexual issues, particularly the community’s social, economic and health disparities.
As a bisexual woman, I’ve personally felt those disparities for a variety of reasons.
Bisexual people make up the ‘majority of the LGBTQ community, but received less than 1% of all funding that supports LGBTQ advocacy, and experience significantly higher rates of physical, sexual, social and emotional violence’, as well as ‘poorer physical, mental and social health.’ (BiHealthMonth, 2021)
To give a little context to myself, I want to share some of my own words that I wrote as part of LGBTQ Awareness Month: As a teenager I knew that I was bisexual – I was attracted to both men and women. But there was no education about different sexualities, and it certainly wasn’t something I could talk about at home.
So my bisexuality was kept completely secret for years. I had seen many friends come out and be referred to as promiscuous, greedy, indecisive and deceptive.
Misconceptions and stereotypes made coming out challenging.
How would I be treated?
How would my family feel?
Would I be rejected?
The fear was exponential and so I didn’t talk about my sexuality with my family until I was 29.