Last month I presented a workshop on coming out at London BiFest 2017. You can read more about it here.
As part of the workshop I asked participants to share their tips & advice on coming out and said that I would post it online afterwards so people can use it as a resource.
Every time I present this workshop I will add to the list- but please feel free to comment below if you would like to contribute anything.
- Learning facts about bisexuality (e.g. studies have shown there are more bisexuals than the number of lesbians and gays put together) can help you respond to people’s negative comments (‘But bis don’t exist!’) and give you resilience. You know you’re not alone.
- Sassy comebacks:
- “No I’m bi, you’re confused!”
- Answering “I’m 100% bisexual.” if anyone asks what percentage you’re attracted to different genders.
- Asses how much time/energy you have left to give? If anyone has questions or wants a discussion you can refuse to answer, delay answering until another day, or talk away. It’s up to you. You don’t have to be anyone’s educator or ignorance buster. Nor do you have to explain yourself or justify your sexuality.
- But if you want to, you can prep answers to questions in advance because sometimes it’s hard to speak in the moment.
- Choose a place where you can leave easily and/or choose a place where leaving is the normal thing to do. E.g. the kitchen. Makes things safer and less awkward.
- ‘Lead bi example’ – if you come out like being bisexual is absolutely fine and normal (which it is) then other people are more likely to respond in the same way. (Much better than starting with something like ‘I HAVE SOME DIFFICULT NEWS PLEASE DON’T BE UPSET!’
- Say what you want the other person to do. E.g. I’m telling you, but don’t tell anyone else.