Is coming out different for bisexuals?
Coming out is different for bisexuals than it is for gays and lesbians in several ways. Most importantly, the coming out process never really ends for a bisexual. Typically, a bisexual must come out to each and every person he or she dates. If a bisexual gets serious with someone from the straight community he or she must come out to that person. If a bisexual gets serious with someone from the gay or lesbian community, he or she must come out to that person too. Of course this process can be simplified by coming out before the first date. Still, that is a level of disclosure that is not expected of straight, gay or lesbian people. Unfortunately, biphobic reactions are far too common and almost every bisexual has horror stories to share about dating or courting a straight, gay, or lesbian person for whom bisexuality was a deal-breaker. That additional risk of romantic rejection, rejection because of one’s sexual identity, is not a hurdle faced by straights, gays, or lesbians.
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