Monday, 6 January 2014

Bisexual? Maybe I am! Maybe I aren't!

Is it the categorisation that dare not speak its name?
TALK about being catty! Tom Daley's claim that 'Of course I still fancy girls', has certaily brought on the heavy mob from the gay and lesbian community.
Leaning back against Union Jack pillows, Mr Daley on YouTube continued: 'But, I mean, right now I'm dating a guy, and couldn't be happier.'
First of all it was all sweetness and light from the gay community, after all Daley is a 19-year-old British Olympic diver announcing that he was dating a man. But then people started to wonder: Was it a cop-out or a ploy to hang on to his fans? Or was he just being greedy, as some joked?
According to the International Herald Tribune today: 'Whatever the answer, Mr. Daley's disclosure reignited a delicate conversation within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or L.G.B.T., community. Bisexuality, like chronic fatigue syndrome, is often assumed to be imaginary by those on the outside. The stereotypes abound: bisexuals are promiscuous, lying or in denial. They are gay men who can't yet admit that they are gay, or "lesbians intil graduation," sowing wild oats before they find husbands.'
Lisa Diamond, a professor at the University of Utah who studies sex orientation, said:
'The reactions that you're seeing are classic in terms of people not believing that bisexuality really exists, feeling that it's a transitional stage or a form of being in the closet.' It seems that only a few celebrities have embraced the term 'bi-sexual'.
Cynthia Nixon, who married a woman after having children with a man, told The Daily Beast in 2012: 'I don't pull out the "bisexual" word because nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals.'
'Bi-sexual' is it the label or categorisation that 'dare not speak its name'?

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