Today, September 23rd is the tenth Anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, also referred to as Bisexual Pride Day. The day was created to build public awareness around bisexuality, pansexuality, and those of fluid or other non traditional sexual orientations. The truth is, no community needs to be exposed to this day more than the gay community.
I must admit, in my younger days, I fell in to the stereotype of not believing in "true bisexuality." Like many youths struggling with their sexuality, I identified as bisexual. The fact that I had never kissed a girl, and still haven't not withstanding, I told myself, my friends, and my familty that I was bi. This was more related to the fact that I was not ready to fully identify as gay and give up the dream of the typical adult life.
Later in life, a close friend of mine would jokingly refer to this as the "bi now, gay later plan." While this comical reference to layaway often proved to be true amongst many younger gay guys, it helper perpetuate a stereotype that bisexuality is either just a stepping stone to homosexuality, or teenage girls trying to be trendy, or straight guys who are too horny to wait for their girlfriend to give it up.
To this day, many guys I know say they will never date a bi-guy. Bisexuals are labeled as nymphomaniacs, afraid of commitment, and unable to be happy in a same sex relationship. I have had friends say "he won't be faithful because I can't give him everything he wants."
While all stereotypes are based in some form of truth, it is time the gay community wakes up and realizes we are part of a larger LGBT community and realize that we can't complain about bigotry and oppression if we continue to oppress our own.
So to all those who have the beautiful skill to find attraction in more than one gender - I applaud you and say happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day.