Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behaviour toward both males and females or to more than one gender. It may also include romantic or sexual attraction to people regardless of their sex or gender identity, also known as pansexuality.
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Perception is everything. It impacts our public image, as well as our personal relationships. Being open about one's orientation is a risk, but one that can pay off by living a fully authentic life. Visibility can break down stereotypes, eliminate shame and secrecy, and create accessible, realistic representations and role models.
According to official data from Statistics Canada, almost 500,000 people in Canada identify as bisexual. However, although a growing portion of the Canadian population identifies as bisexual, those who come out as such are still met with denial, or their identities are questioned. This phenomenon is referred to as bisexual erasure. One example of this is when a bisexual person is said to be “experimenting” or transitioning to gay or lesbian, as described by 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations, like GLAAD or Pflag. Global News’ Alyssa Julie explains what bisexual erasure is and how it can affect the mental health of those impacted.
In honor of Bisexual Visibility Day, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz tackles insane rumors about bisexuality.
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