United States

Hi, I‘m Austyn. I am Bisexual.

I grew up in farming town in California. The population is mostly farmer boys, or ghetto rats, if I'm being entirely honest. But, I surround myself with a supportive family, and a great group of (oblivious) friends. I hope to live in San Francisco, for a while, when I'm in college. I'm hoping I can connect with more LGBTQ friends while I'm there, so that I can be more of who I actually am.

What being bisexual means to me

Being bisexual, to me, is to have the privilege to love who you want and feel great about it. Being bisexual means you always have eye-candy to look at, and you never have to feel awkward when you say to your friends that you think a girl is hot. But, being bisexual also means to be the black sheep of the LGBTQ Community; to be neither straight nor gay. Though, that is the cross we bear. We have to continue not to let anyone get us down!

What I would like the world to know about bisexuals

We are not CONFUSED, GREEDY or SELFISH. We just have big hearts, and we want to fill them with all the love we can get. (Don't be jealous...)

What was your path to a bisexual identity?

I've known I was bisexual since the moment I could have a crush on someone. I can remember back to preschool, when I actually WANTED to catch cooties from BOTH the boys and girls. I've grown up coming to terms with being bisexual, but I've had struggles along the way.

What is the toughest thing about being bisexual?

To be considered a whore or slut, and to be rejected by others in the LGBTQ community because we don't conform to their ideas of sexuality.

What is the best thing about being bisexual?

Being able to love whoever I want without feeling bad (i.e., I can dream about Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and be the happiest girl in the world).

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

I have been blessed that my whole family has accepted me with open arms and hearts (It also helps that I have two lesbian aunts, who are cherished by everyone as well). With that being said, I still haven't told my friends. Some of them were raised very religious, and I'm afraid of how they'll react.

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

Never be ashamed of who you are.
Fuck what everyone else thinks.
This community will always be here to support and love you.
Cherish your life, and love all that you can.