Bi-sexual


Bisexual is the word used to describe a person who is romantically
and sexually attracted to both people of the opposite and of the same sex.
Being bisexual does not mean that you have to like both boys and girls
equally, or that you have to go out with both.
 
 

How do you know?

Some people may have always been attracted to both boys and girls, but
for others it may be something that happens later on. It is not something
you have to decide right away, or ever, as you may feel attracted to 
boys or girls at different times in your life. 

Remember it is your sexuality and up to you how you define it.


Denial
Some people think that people who describe themselves as bisexual are
really gay but cannot admit this. This is not true; you can be attracted to
both boys and girls and being bisexual is not the same as being gay. 
It is also not true that bisexual people are really 
straight but just experimenting.

Stereotypes
There are lots of stereotypes out there about being bisexual but it is
important to realise that you do not have to change dramatically 
because of your sexual preference. After all you are still you, whoever
you are attracted to. Some people think that if you are bisexual this 
means that you are promiscuous and are more likely to cheat on your
partner. Neither of these things is true. How many partners someone
has and whether they are unfaithful or not depends on the individual,
not their sexual orientation.

Prejudice
Unfortunately people who are bisexual do sometimes experience
prejudice from others because they think it is not normal and that you
should decide whether you fancy men or women. This is called 
homophobia, and it is important to know that people who think this are
wrong. More importantly our society has systems in place to stop this 
sort of discrimination. Being bisexual is completely normal and you have
the right to be who you are and have relationships with whoever you like.

Meeting other people
Some people find joining a gay club or society really helpful, especially
when they do not know many other bisexual people, as it can give them
the opportunity to meet like-minded people. Growing up as a bisexual 
is not always easy and it can be very helpful to meet other people who 
understand any worries or difficulties you may be having. Of course that
does not mean that you can only have gay or bi friends, or that your
straight friends won’t understand you.
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