When a child comes out as bisexual, the reactions a parent can experience are often different from those a parent of a gay, lesbian or transgender child has. There are a lot of myths about bisexuality and I will address a few.
The first myth is that either there is no such thing or it’s just a phase someone goes through before coming out as gay or lesbian. While some people will eventually identify as gay or lesbian, being bisexual is a real orientation. Some people identify as bisexual after coming out as gay or lesbian. For the majority of people, being bisexual is no more a phase than being gay, lesbian or transgender.
Some parents will question it because their child has only been in a relationship with one gender. They wonder, “How do they know?” Just as someone knows they are gay or straight, some who is bisexual knows. Those of us who are gay or straight knew long before we even had a serious relationship. It’s intrinsic to who we are. The same is true for bisexuals. They know – period!
Some people think that to be bisexual, one must like both men and women equally or be in a relationship with both to be happy. Some bisexuals like men more than women or vice-versa. I suppose it’s not that different from liking tall men better than short men. That doesn’t mean one cannot fall in love with a short man. Many bisexuals marry and stay in a monogamous marriage. That doesn’t make them less bisexual or formerly bisexual.
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