Hi, I‘m Jen. I am Bisexual. I live in Manchester, England where I edit Bi Community News, a long-running bimonthly bisexual magazine with readers across the UK and Ireland - and a few further afield.
I've volunteered for a variety of other bi projects over the last twenty-odd years. You get to meet a lot of people and make friends, plus being involved in those things lets you casually come out as bi to people without it being all about your sex life - that can make for an easier conversation!
Otherwise I like slouching on the sofa with sci fi on the telly, and a gin or the fruity ciders that are honestly not just alcopops remarketed for an older audience. Ahem. I'm particularly excited about the prospect of this new Passion Fruit flavour that Koppaberg have just brought out...
What was your path to a bisexual identity?The first step was simple enough - my older sister, who had clearly clocked me as some flavour of queer but perhaps not sure which, left a copy of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit where she knew I'd find it. A few days later I'd finally put a word to my habit of crushing on people regardless of gender :)
Then I came to the big city with its large lesbian and gay scene, where I ran in to more biphobia than you'd like to think such a place would have - and went on a bit of a tour of labels and identities before coming on home to bi.
What is the toughest thing about being bisexual?We have to do it ourselves - there's not a big commercial scene or what have you so if we want bi space, it's up to us to make it happen.
What is the best thing about being bisexual?We have to do it ourselves - there's not a big commercial scene or what have you so if we want bi space, it's going to be the shape that we make it.