“In June, I decided I needed to come out to my parents as bisexual. I’m 36 and married to a man, so it felt a little late in life to be coming out. But for me, it suddenly felt crucial.
For years, it didn’t feel like a big secret that I was bisexual, and it didn’t feel that pressing to come out about i - especially after I got married.
This June, the problem with not speaking up about my identity came into sharp focus. When Omar Mateen walked into Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people—the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in American history - Fox News pundits circumvented the topic of gun control by emphasizing the threat of “radical” Islam and that Daesh, popularly referred to as the Islamic State, punishes gay men by throwing them off rooftops. The Daily Show put together a whole montage of Fox pundits hitting hard on the “Islam is homophobic” angle.
In “Secrets and Safety,” episode 19 of our podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, my cohost Taz Ahmed pointed out that some Muslims stood in solidarity with the queer community while simultaneously silencing the queer Muslims in their own mosques. It made me sick. Islam and queerness should not be at odds.There are rich communities of LGBTQ Muslims, but we’re often still seen as exceptions or rare cases. It felt important to me to come out both to counter the media coverage that set up Muslim people and LGBTQ people as two distinct groups that never overlap and to help change the homophobia I saw in a lot of Muslim communities. What I didn’t know was if I’d be shaking up any homophobia in my own family.
“I’m bisexual,” I said into the microphone, “and I’m married to a man. That’s not an erasure….”
(Image description: three squares with white text in the center. The first is mint green and says: “Nonbinary bisexuals are beautiful”. The second is light blue and says “Nonbinary pansexuals are precious.” The third is pale yellow and says “Nonbinary polysexuals are perfect.”)
Fact: Bisexuals are underrepresented in the media and erased and invalidated in real life. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t exist or that bisexuality isn’t real. It just means that there are more of us than you might think.
It was more than just lumping a character’s bisexuality with curse words — it was that her sexuality would contribute at all to the ‘mature’ themes…The references to Bo’s bisexuality are literally just that: references.
I was wanting to do this earlier, but I got a new computer and the only art program I have now is MS Paint, and I was trying to figure out the best way to make these graphics with that until I can afford Photoshop again, so this is what I drew up. Bi Pride Week activities under the cut!
Hello, everyone! My name is Sara Camila, I’m 18 years old (finally legaaalll👊). Big brown eyes, brunette, cute af and weirdo most of the time.
I sing everytime. I love theater plays, and I also act. I like drawing and painting. I love doing volunteers, just went back of one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! I like traveling, I love animals and nature. I like learning about new cultures. I love reading and I really like philosophy.
Basically, I like everything that is related to arts ❤
Don’t be afraid to say hiii!