Andrew Ford was questioned and fetishized when he came out as bisexual. All the while, the soccer standout stayed true to himself. His friends and teammates were accepting, which was an incredible relief.
Despite some surveys showing more Americans identify as bisexual than either gay or lesbian, there is a dearth of bi visibility in pop culture and sports. It manifests itself in gestures as seemingly fleeting as dismissive jokes, and actions as harrowing as outright physical violence. Bisexual people typically suffer ificantly higher rates of depression and anxiety, domestic violence, sexual assault, and poverty than lesbians, gay men, or straight cisgender people, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
A black-and-white society, most of us grow up with the notion people are either straight or gay. Megan Dutharta rower at Washington State University who identifies as both bi and queer, has experienced the stigma first-hand. More people are identifying as bisexual.
Over three percent of U. And yet, bi people are still targeted for erasure. One of the ways it happens is through language. They wanted to change me.
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Some of them wanted to use it as a thrill they were seeking. When professional hockey player Zach Sullivan came out as bi, his father told him it meant he was still making up his mind. And once bi people do come out, they could get charged with being greedy — the sexual equivalent of having their cake and eating it, too. The insult angers Sullivan.
Duthart finds the concept of bisexuality can be difficult to explain. She largely identifies as queer. That seems more justified.
Jack Storrs came out as bisexual last year as a college football captain. His teammates at Pomona-Pitzer rallied around him, and wore Pride decals on their helmets.
But even some who were supportive suggested he was on his way to identifying as gay. The questions didn't bother him. He was a relieved to have the dialogue. Generation Z is among the most progressive and diverse in U. A study from Ipsos Mori shows only 66 percent of young people today identify exclusively as heterosexual. Young people have a better understanding of how sexuality can evolve, says Keuroghlian.
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And we have to honor that. But that is changing. Each person who comes out as bisexual has the ability to change perceptions within their own communities — and many young athletes are. Bri Tollie, a bisexual college basketball player at Southern Methodist University, wrote in her coming-out story she refuses to conform.
Does not wanting to date a bisexual man make you a bad person?
It is called self-respect. Growing up, Storrs tried to shut off his attraction to guys. Storrs is done hiding any part of himself. He did that for far too long, and is now out for all to see.
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Why are bi people targeted for erasure? Photo provided When professional hockey player Zach Sullivan came out as bi, his father told him it meant he was still making up his mind. Kristan Grant Growing up, Storrs tried to shut off his attraction to guys. Loading comments Share this story Twitter Facebook.