Bisexual erasure, sometimes referred to as bisexual invisibility, is a problem in which the legitimacy of bisexuality is questioned or outright denied. This can happen on an individual level or in general for the whole sexuality. By erasing one’s sexuality, a part of their identity is successfully removed. According to the Bisexual Resource Center, bisexuals have the poorest health in relation to their sexual orientation. These health disparities include
- Higher rates of anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, compared to heterosexuals and lesbians/gays
- Higher rate of STI diagnoses, compared to heterosexuals
- Higher rate of heart disease, compared to heterosexuals
- Higher rate of cancer risk factors, compared to heterosexuals
- Lower rate of cancer screening, compared to heterosexuals
- Higher rates of tobacco use, compared to heterosexuals and lesbians/gays
Other common misconceptions, or myths, about bisexuality include being sex-crazed, greedy, cheaters, and that they are just ‘going through a phase’. Bisexuals are just normal people, some might be hornier than others but that can be said about any group. Having interest in more than one gender does not make someone greedy. Finding someone you’re into is still the same struggle for them, though it may be a bit difficult when people don’t believe bisexuality is real. Sexuality is fluid and can change, but that doesn’t mean this is just a phase. Saying that it is makes it seem not as real, and that can be disheartening.
One last myth that is pretty common is the notion that bisexuals suddenly become straight or gay, depending on who they are dating. No, they are still bisexual and happen to be dating a woman at the time. A person can change how they identify their sexuality anytime, as sexuality is not stagnant, but if they say they are bisexual, you gotta respect that.
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