United States

Hi, I‘m David. I am Bisexual.

I'm a 17 year old resident of San Antonio, Texas. I play the violin, piano, guitar, and saxophone, and I am the drum major for my school band and a member of my city's largest youth orchestra. My hobbies include reading, playing video games, collecting wristbands and Hot Wheels cars, and building with Lego bricks. :)

What being bisexual means to me

Bisexuality is a strange concept to me. It's something that makes me feel different from other people, but makes me happy to know that there are other people out there like me, and lots of them. It's just a word standing for the people you love and another quality that makes you unique.

What I would like the world to know about bisexuals

We are like Transformers. Throughout my life, I've met and made friends with numerous people who have turned out to be bi. Though it may not be as shocking as purchasing a car that turns out to be an alien robot, it's still a discovery that should not only be accepted, but embraced. We're people just like you, and regardless of our orientation, we still want you to get to know us and understand us. In the words of Optimus Prime, "We are here, we are waiting."

What was your path to a bisexual identity?

In 2012, I was at a parade with my (at the time) girlfriend, waiting for our turn to march down the streets of the Alamo City. A short time prior, she had come out to me as bisexual herself. While we were sitting on a curb during the long wait, she decided to point out attractive girls from other bands waiting the parade out. After a while, I decided to get in on the fun, pointing out attractive guys, only to find that it was coming a bit too naturally for me....

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

While I have not told many people (including my parents,) the people that I have told have been very accepting of me. While quite a few of them are bi themselves, it hasn't made a difference at all in the friendships or relationships that I have with them. If anything, it's made them better. :)

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

My friend Juliet (also bi) said it best: "Our generation is much more accepting than you think....and who wouldn't accept you?" While it's only a risk you should take with people you absolutely trust and when you're sure you're ready, coming out to them can make a difference with your outlook about bisexuality. I used to want to hide it from everyone but my closest friends out of fear and shame, but now that I know that they accept me, I've felt better about myself and my sexuality than ever before. :)