Sep 24, 2019
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Yesterday was Bisexual Visibility Day. It's a day for those in the bisexual community to stand up, declare their bisexuality, and proclaim their seat!
This last weekend has been nothing short of transformational for me. I went to the 2nd annual bisexual pride parade in West Hollywood, CA.
The event started off with a festival where I was able to meet new friends and eat good food, then a parade walking around the streets of West Hollywood. The bisexual flag was flying high above us all, while we chanted rhythmic chants in support of bisexuality. It was pretty amazing.
I could sense the pride and comfort that so many people there felt - they finally felt as though they're being not only seen but acknowledged. However, what they might not have been able to see was how I was feeling.
The entire time, and I mean, the whole time; I was feeling a deep sense of sorrow and remorse for my lack of participation in the bisexual community. Here I am, a gay man who has come so far in his life - living out and proud. Meanwhile, there are billions of bisexual people who are still today, in 2019, living in the shadows. And not just "the shadows"... MY SHADOWS.
Here's the thing, I refuse to sit back, have the platform of LGBT Stories and not acknowledge that so many of us in the gay, lesbian, and trans communities have devalued or belittled the bisexual community. I have so many times witnessed bigotry in our community directed towards the bisexual community. It's not ok. It needs to continue to be called out, and it MUST stop.
And I say this directly to my gay brothers, the slander, and hate that our community cast over the bisexual community is unacceptable and disgraceful. How dare so many of us do precisely what was done to us decades! Do not act as though it doesn't happen, because you and I both know that it does, and it.
And that is why I am so pleased to have Sarah share her story on the show today. I put a call out on social media yesterday for someone explicitly bisexual to share their story on LGBT Stories because today's episode airs one day after Bisexual Visibility Day. I am glad that I did.
When Sarah sent me the audio of the performance that you're about to hear, and I listened to it I was deeply moved by her way of telling a story, but more so by the continued confirmation of what people in the bisexual community struggle with daily. I encourage you to listen to her story and especially those of us who are gay, lesbian, and trans; try and see commonalities in your own life experiences.
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