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The last person out of the closet? The bisexual male – CNN.com

Posted: July 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

"Coming out bisexual in the 1980s was an agonizing experience for [Robert] Winn, who was raised Methodist in a military family," Stephanie Chen reports. "When Winn was a teenager in the 1980s, public support toward gays and bisexuals plummeted as the HIV panic stigmatized the gay community. Bisexuals were blamed for spreading the virus to the straight population."

Robert Winn, a physician monogamously married to a woman for 18 years, is not an exception among bisexual men. "Joshua Verbeke, a 29-year-old business student at Indiana University…played along with being gay [while working with advocacy organizations] to avoid criticism and questions about being bisexual," and "John, 41, a bisexual from California, said his sexual orientation makes him open-minded."

This balanced article is a rarity, and Stephanie Chen touches on many issues: "being openly bisexual can be complicated." Stereotyped promiscuity, gay camouflage, and disease make being a bisexual man harder than it sounds.

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Bi the Dozen: A Bisexuality Quiz | Scarleteen

Posted: May 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Bi the Dozen: A Bisexuality Quiz | Scarleteen

Scarleteen has put out a fantastic True/False quiz of a dozen Bisexuality Myths, ranging from "bisexuals are just confused about their sexuality" and "bisexuals are just opportunists" to more complicated myths like "sexual identity never changes" and "if you've never had sex, you can't know if you're bisexual or not" to downright insidious social brain-washing like "bisexual people spread HIV/AIDS because they have sex with gay people, then go pass AIDS on to straight people." An absolutely fantastic resource and setting-straight for people of any and every sexual orientation, and another strong step away from bi-invisibility. Thanks again, Scarleteen!

PS: Here's a helpful hint while you're taking the quiz – the answer is always "false."

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