I am coming to terms with who I am and what being bisexual means to me.
PACE University's Queer Society hosted a Queer Gala in New York City where this man shared his story of coming out as bisexual in the Bible Belt.
I'm a bisexual male, so I'm here to celebrate what makes us all beautiful or different.
I believe in Queer Society's mission to educate Pace University's LGBTQA community here in New York City. I'm from Pensicola, Florida were it is very conservative and traditional. Most of my family still doesn't like to talk about the fact that I'm openly bisexual.
When I told my family I was bisexual they thought it was a joke.
They didn't laugh at me, but they asked a lot of questions. They asked if I was going to date a man or a woman, and if I was going to fall off the wagon.
I am coming to terms with who I am and and what being bisexual means to me.
It doesn't mean that I prefer one or the other, it’s what I feel in the moment and how I feel about people. If you love people openly, then anything is possible...and acceptance is possible.
I come from a large very conservative traditional family, Southern Baptist Christian, born and raised.
Raised in the church, my family always questioned how God would feel about what they do. Naturally, a lot of my immediate family doesn't agree with my sexuality. My my mother and father are very accepting, so I do have a support system.
The more that positive representations of the LGBTQA community are shown, the more that tolerance will spread.
It's a lot about breaking down the stereotypes, breaking down the bigotry, and breaking down the walls that really separate what people back home think about people like myself.
All the Queer kids, be who you are.
I know it sounds really cliché, but you really have to embrace who you are because in the end it's just gonna to be you, you know. Family and friends go away, and you have to learn to live and love yourself. And the minute that you can do that is the minute that I think a lot of other people will start to love you as well.