United States

Hi, I‘m Yasmin. I am Bisexual.

I was born and raised in Ohio. From Akron but currently living in Columbus. I have two brothers and one sister. I have four nephews that I absolutely ADORE and will do anything for. Family is VERY important to me.I love children, and think that they are the most precious things in the world. I am currently in college studying to become an elementary school teacher. My favorite sport is basketball,and I am pretty decent in it. I played a little Junior Varsity in high school. I don't mind going out and having a good time but I am mainly an indoor person who enjoys watching my favorite shows on Netflix. I work as a cashier at my local grocery store and have been working there for two years now. I also enjoy playing video games,listening to music(I LOVE music of all genres),hanging out with friends and spending time with family.

What being bisexual means to me

Being bisexual to me means that I am physically, emotionally and sexually attracted to both men and women. For me,it comes down to the simple explanation of,I tend to have the same urges and feelings for some women that I find attractive as I do for some men that I find attractive.It is that simple. That is the best way I can explain it.

What I would like the world to know about bisexuals

Being bisexual,I would like the world to know that I am NOT confused. There has been an ongoing mockery that bisexual people must be "confused" and that we should just "pick a team". These hurtful remarks even come from within the gay community. The best way I can explain it to them is this: if you are a man that KNOWS you are only attracted to other men,or a woman that KNOWS you are only attracted to other women,why is it so difficult to understand that some people can be and ARE attracted to BOTH?

What was your path to a bisexual identity?

Well, I kind of always knew I had these feelings of bisexuality stemming from the age of 6 or 7 years old. I found myself attracted to females as I was to males. But it wasn't until later on in life when I could finally accept these feelings and claim them as a part of myself.

What is the toughest thing about being bisexual?

Coming out. I think for any member of the LGBT community,coming out is certainly the hardest part. But for a bisexual person, I think it is different in the sense that you don't know what to expect or what reactions you may get. Being gay, coming out is pretty conclusive in the sense that people will KNOW that you only will pursue those of the same sex(which eventually, may make it easier for the people to accept). But if you are bisexual,I think it will make it harder for people to cope(especially family members)with your life style when the gender of your partner can always change based on who you are dating at the time.

What is the best thing about being bisexual?

I would probably say the best thing about being bisexual is the openess of it. With bisexuality,you are not as concerned about whether someone is the "right gender" for you,but instead,you open your heart to love from any human being(regardless of gender ).Almost as if everything you do is driven by finding love,giving love and receiving love. It's a beautiful thing.

How have other people in your life reacted to your bisexuality?

Unfortunately,I have not yet revealed my sexuality to my family. I'm afraid they will not accept me because I was raised to be completely against this. I have told friends and they are completely supportive.

What advice do you have for someone who thinks they may be bi or who is in the process of coming out as bi?

I know this is ironic,me giving coming out advice when I haven't even come out to my own family yet,but I would like to suggest one very important piece of advice. Come out to YOURSELF first. That may sound weird but it was something I had to do and it helped. You have to accept who you are and love yourself as you are before you come out to anyone else. That way,If you receive negative reactions,you will be so confident in yourself it will not faze you. But you MUST come out to yourself first.