It was a kind of “nice” first dates – the chat was flowing and there was an “quick spark” between Chloe Sargeant and the girl she had agreed to fulfill for drinks.
Because the night time progressed, speak naturally turned to their earlier relationships and whereas the girl talked about a previous girlfriend, Ms Sargeant started speaking about her final relationship which simply occurred to be with a person.
“I used to be simply candidly talking after which when the penny dropped that I used to be bisexual reasonably than lesbian she’s like, ‘Oh you’re a bisexual,’ and I used to be like, ‘I’m, I’m a bisexual,’” Ms Sargeant, 30, advised information.com.au.
“Her quick response was she stood up, completed the remainder of her drink and put the glass down and mentioned, ‘Thanks for losing my time,’ and walked out of the pub.”
Sadly, for individuals like Ms Sargeant, the expertise isn’t uncommon, with those that establish as bisexual typically dealing with irritating prejudices in relation to courting.
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‘Hurtful’ assumptions about being bisexual
Sydney-based author Ms Sargeant, who seems on this week’s episode of Perception, first realised she was interested in each women and men at age 12 as the remainder of her mates beginning having crushes.
“I used to be a kind of those that didn’t perceive why my feminine mates had been solely creating crushes on boys,” she mentioned.
“I used to be like, ‘Oh that’s bizarre.’ It took me some time to wrap my head round the truth that some individuals had been solely interested in boys and a few individuals had been solely attracted to women.”
Through the years Ms Sargeant dated each sexes, however most of her long-term relationships have been with males.
Revealing she was bisexual in her youthful years may very well be daunting, she mentioned, as she typically encountered “hurtful” assumptions.
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“One of many large ones is that each one bisexuals are hyper-sexual, so loads of the cis males I’ve dated previously have anticipated that in some unspecified time in the future I might wish to have a threesome,” Ms Sargeant mentioned.
Whereas she has at all times had monogamous relationships, some males assumed she was “not going to be glad” and would cheat with a girl.
Whereas the overwhelming majority of biphobia got here from straight males, Ms Sargeant additionally discovered some girls had been reluctant thus far her.
“What I’ve skilled with lesbians who’re biphobic, they simply assume that bisexual girls will cheat on them with a person,” she mentioned.
‘Shock’ response Australians should courting bisexuals
Final month, the ABC’s Australia Talks survey requested 60,000 individuals whether or not they could be open to the thought of courting somebody who was bisexual.
Of the respondents, 44 per cent mentioned they had been “in no way” open to the thought of courting somebody who’s bisexual, whereas an additional 15 per cent mentioned they might be reluctant however barely open to the thought.
The survey’s discovering was a confronting one for Ms Sargeant.
“I believe my preliminary response, it was shock,” she mentioned.
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“I’ve been brazenly bi for 14, 15 years now and despite the fact that I’ve handled loads of biphobia all through my life and loads of these stereotypes, myths … it’s a kind of issues that once you see a share that giant you’re like, ‘Oh my god.’ It nonetheless takes you abruptly.”
Ms Sargeant is showing on Tuesday night time’s episode of Perception on SBS to debate her experiences alongside others who establish as bisexual.
She encourages individuals who wish to study extra about bisexuality to learn tales by bisexual individuals or higher but, speak to somebody who’s bisexual.
“We’re so broadly misunderstood, lots of people appear to be cautious about broaching this topic as if it’s taboo,” Ms Sargeant mentioned.
“However bisexuality isn’t taboo, we’re simply your pleasant neighbourhood bisexual, we’re pleased to talk.”
Hear extra from Chloe Sargeant and others on Perception’s Being Bisexual airing Tuesday 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.