One of the best things about the LGBTI community is the strong sense of diversity, acceptance and inclusiveness. Even the rainbow flag is designed to represent how all the different subgroups within our community can come together in a harmonious way. However, one group that still faces some discrimination from within our community is bisexual people.

Many of the bisexual people I have spoken to often feel discrimination from within the community based on several myths about bisexuality. One of the most damaging ones is the myth that bisexuality doesn’t exist. A lot of people within the LGBTI community still believe that bisexuals are just people who haven’t “picked a side” yet. This is not true – bisexuality is a unique sexual orientation. Occasionally, people who end up identifying as gay or lesbian briefly identify as bisexual as part of their coming out process. However, this does not mean that all people who identify as bisexual will ultimately end up identifying as gay or lesbian.

Another damaging myth is the idea that all bisexual people are promiscuous. Many people believe that bisexual people will not be able to stay faithful in a relationship. This is based on an assumption that, because bisexual people are attracted to both men and women, they will ultimately end up craving a romantic attachment with someone of the opposite sex to their partner. Most people in relationships feel as though their partner cannot fulfil all their needs – this is normal! And, like most people, bisexual people will find a way to meet their needs that don’t involve cheating

The more we combat myths such as these, the more we can increase the sense of inclusiveness that is such a great part of the GLBTI community.

Ben Walters is a psychologist at the Centre for Human Potential www.cfhp.com.au.

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  1. Bisexual Promisuous
    13 January 2016

    There is a significant element of truth to the perception of bisexual being promiscuous. You only have join Polyamorous groups to see that is fact.

    • I disagree with your statement.
      20 January 2016

      I am Bisexual , and 27 years old.
      I have accepted my sexuality over 10 years ago.
      I have had relationships with both men and women, But never more then one relationship at a time.
      I have never cheated. I have never ‘craved’ a woman’s body simply because my current partner was a male, or vice versa… I am attracted to individuals, i enjoy the female form as much as the male form, I do not need both to be happy. I require just 1 relationship that is healthy and loving, like most people. I have met many bisexual people, and some are promiscuous and some are not, just as much as straight people and or homosexual people.

      At Poly-amorous groups, there will be only people who believe in having many partners at once. This is not a fair assessment of bisexuals. It is like saying ‘overweight people only like to eat at buffets, because if you go to buffets you will see lots of big people there’. Whats about all the other overweight people who do not go to buffets?

    • not me!
      20 January 2016

      I am bisexual and I’m not at all promiscuous. I would not sleep with someone unless I was in love with them. Ive been in a monogamous relationship for 4 years and have no desire to cheat, nor will I ever.

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