Bisexuality: It’s not a myth, it’s not a phase, and it’s not just a “gateway to gay”. This week is Bisexual Visibility Week, and even some of your favourite bi YouTubers are getting in on the event to help spread awareness, remove some of the stigma, and generally offer some education and support towards the cause.
In honour of this week, we’ve put together a handful of videos from several creators on the LGBTQ+ spectrum to help shed more light on what it means to be bisexual, the highs and lows of being out, and all the questions you were too afraid to ask…
Connor Manning – Bisexuality FAQ
People always have the same questions about bisexuality; whether there’s a preference, or if settling down with someone of a different gender makes you straight now, etc etc. Fortunately Connor Manning is here to set the record straight with some of the most frequently asked questions on bisexuality.
Femmegasm – Biphobia In The Lesbian Community
As much as we want to believe it, the LGBTQ+ community is not always a friendly place, and bisexuals even face discrimination from non-heterosexuals. Lena from Femmegasm provides the breakdown from a lesbian perspective on the biphobia that some of her peers have been responsible for, and ways that they can work together to make the community more supportive of everyone.
R.J. Aguiar – Ask Another Bi Guy
Obviously not every bisexual person has the same experiences; and after the success of his series of “Ask A By Guy” videos, R.J. Aguiar opened the floor for Eliel Cruz, another bi creator, to give his take on a series of questions from R.J’s previous videos. This video recently got a follow-up featuring Connor Manning, and the whole series is worth checking out.
Melanie Murphy – My Sexuality and How to Come Out
Coming out is unquestionably one of the most difficult things that someone on the LGBTQ+ spectrum has to do; but luckily there are YouTubers in the world who can offer up some advice. Flanked by her gay pals Riyadh K and James Mitchell, Irish YouTuber and out bisexual Melanie Murphy offers some advice on the best way to make that big announcement.
Shane Dawson – I’m Bisexual
The “Coming Out” video seems to be a mark of sexual legitimacy for a lot of YouTubers, but it’s still a big deal when a huge creator takes that step. Even if you don’t approve of the problematic content that Shane Dawson has made in the past, there’s no denying certain things: Shane has an enormous and established fan base of young people, many of whom don’t understand same sex-relationships and are struggling with their own identity; and to see an influential figure such as Shane finally take the leap and share his identity will hopefully widen a lot of these viewers’ perspectives and further the dialogue that we need to be having about the sexuality spectrum.