It’s finally June, which means a lot of things – school is almost over, summer is right around the corner, and beach weather is basically here. But one of the most important things to keep in mind is that June is also officially LGBT Pride Month. LGBT Pride Month is exactly what it sounds like: a month dedicated to lesbians, gay people, bisexuals, and transgenders.
So, what better what to celebrate LGBT Pride Month than to familiarize ourselves with what each sexuality really means? When it comes to sexuality, there are a lot of unfortunate, yet common, myths out there that just aren’t true at all. It really bums me out that there are people out there who believe this stuff. Let’s get rid of some of these misconceptions. To start, here are 12 myths about bisexuality that are definitely not true.
There Is No Such Thing As BisexualityFor some reason, a lot of people prefer to see the world in black and white. These people say that you can't be bisexual - you can be straight or homosexual, and that's it. That's also ridiculous. Of course bisexuality exists! Many people identify with that label, and they aren't faking it. Source: ShutterStock
Everyone Is BisexualOn the flip side, there are people who say things like, "Everyone is actually bisexual," which isn't true either. Blanket statements like these are almost never true, while we're at it. Every person in the world is not bisexual. There are people who identify as either strictly straight or homosexual. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexual People Are More Likely To CheatI'm not really sure where this myth came about, but a lot of people seem to believe it. Their reasoning? Because bisexuals are attracted to both sexes, they have more opportunity to cheat. Um... no. Listen, if someone is going to cheat, they will find the opportunity, whether they're only attracted to straight blonde girls, for example, or everyone in the world. Your sexuality doesn't determine whether or not you'll be unfaithful. Source: ShutterStock
Most Bisexual Girls Are Just Pretending To Get AttentionI'm sure that the same believe who believe bisexuality isn't real also believe that bi girls only pretend to be bi because they want male attention. And what gets male attention more than two girls making out? This is such an unfair assumption. I mean, okay, I'm sure there are some girls out there that pretend to be interested in females to turn a guy on. But that doesn't mean that every bisexual girl is just pretending for male fantasy! That's so insulting. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexuality Means You're Just Trying To Figure Out If You're Gay Or A LesbianThis is similar to the myth that bisexuality doesn't exist, because it's basically saying that. Some people believe that bisexual people are really just confused, or they just don't want to admit their true sexuality. These people believe that bisexuals are really just gays or lesbians who haven't come out of the closet yet. Nope. Not true. Source; ShutterStock
Bisexuals Are Attracted To EveryoneI guess some people assume that because bisexuals are attracted to both genders, they are attracted to, well... everyone. Not true at all. Being bisexual doesn't mean you don't have any standards or preferences. It's silly to think otherwise. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexual Means You're Dating Both Sexes At The Same TimeUh, what? I think these people are a little confused about the actual definition of bisexuality. Being bisexual means you're attracted to both males and females, but it doesn't mean that you have to be attracted to them at the same time. Bisexual isn't about dating multiple partners - that's more like polygamy. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexual People Sleep Around MoreThere is a widely believed myth that bisexuals are promiscuous people who just want to have sex with everyone. Um... no. Just because someone is attracted to both males and females doesn't mean they're going to sleep with every male or female they meet. Source: ShutterStock
You Can't Call Yourself Bisexual Unless You've Dated Both SexesThere is a myth out there that you can't know if you're bisexual for sure until you've been in relationships with both a male and a female. Why? Because I guess these people feel like bisexuals need to prove themselves, which is really ridiculous. If you have strong sexual and emotional feelings for both sexes, and you feel that you identify as bisexual, it doesn't matter if you've never kissed anyone - you can still call yourself a bisexual. Relationships don't make sexuality legitimate. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexual People Have More STDsThis myth probably sprouted from two other LGBT myths. One, that bisexual people are more promiscuous, therefore they have more unsafe sex with more partners, and are more likely to contract STDs. The other myth it most likely came from is that gay people spread the HIV virus. Wherever it came from, it's not true, and it's a pretty messed up myth. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexuals Really Love Having ThreesomesSo, because bisexual people like both males and females, that means they love having threesomes, right? Wrong. I'm sure there are bisexuals out there who love threesomes. Good for them! But that doesn't mean that every single bisexual person is obsessed with having them. Source: ShutterStock
Bisexuality Is More Accepted In SocietySome members of the LGBT community are resentful towards bisexuals because they believe that bisexuals are more accepted in the straight community, since they can also identify with heterosexuals. And some heterosexual people believe that bisexuals are happily accepted into the LGBT community because they can identify with homosexuals. Neither of these things are true. Bisexuals face challenges just like gay, lesbian and trans people do. They have to deal with criticism from both communities. Source: ShutterStock
Have you ever heard any of these bisexuality myths? What did we forget to include? Do you identify as bisexual? Tell me in the comments.