Yesterday I was discussing how we use language in front of conservative people to let our kids know we think differently. One lady gave an example where she always says “Wife or husband, whoever you do or don’t end up with is fine by me…” to her kids. I promptly responded:
“I am bisexual and I would have LOVED to have heard this as a kid versus just hearing about me and men….” Hit POST and boom. Done. No big whoop. I say it all the time to my kid too. We agree, neat!
Then I reread it and though “oh.”
My entire life I have been pretty fluid with who I was attracted to, not really putting a label on it and let’s be honest, who the hell knew about all these cool labels in the 80’s or 90’s or felt comfortable enough to put one on themselves? ESPECIALLY in small-town Indiana. I had a 2 year relationship when I was a young teenager with a girl. She looked like a boy, was older than me, and she did most of the sexual things to me vs me in return, so I never really believed or said I was a lesbian. Plus, I was threatened with losing my job, being sent to a mental institution (thank you mom and also the hospital for not accepting “gay kids” as a treatment plan option), and thrown out of her house by her parents so I stayed FAR AWAY from that label and lived in secret.
I went immediately into a relationship with a guy when this went south (and oh how South it truly went – restraining order notwithstanding). I never really looked back. I’ve also never really been attracted to another woman in that way since so I figured “eh, I was just confused because she looked like a boy.” Plus, I was married to a man at 20. My dating history was not that rich.
However, when it comes to porn or fantasies, TOTALLY different scenario and women are my thing. Always has been my preference quite frankly.
As a 38 year old, I recently figured out something: Being attracted to some women is just like being attracted to SOME MEN. You aren’t attracted to every one of them just because you are gay. I’ve always known that not all gay men will hit on all men, I mean, that’s just crazy Uncle Steve! I just didn’t do the math in real life and apply it to myself.
I’m a monogamist, I’m also starting to realize I’m very much bi-sexual and I’m also seeing how I can be completely both. I can see myself having a relationship with the right woman should she come along and my current relationship end. I can see myself being with a man for the rest of my life.
Mostly I want a partner.
Feels like a good time to come out with this on Bisexual Visibility Day. Huh, who knew. I guess I always did.