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Daley’s announcement that he was in a relationship with a man – but was still interested in women – provoked a spate of online commentary on perceptions of bisexual people.
ADVOCATES BELIEVE BIPHOBIA STILL EXISTS IN LGBTI COMMUNITIES

in AUSTRALIA, 08/02/2014

Advocates within Australia’s bisexual community argue biphobia is common within the broader LGBTI community, responding to ongoing debates on biphobia sparked by Olympic diver Tom Daley’s public coming out in December.

Daley’s announcement that he was in a relationship with a man – but was still interested in women – provoked a spate of online commentary on perceptions of bisexual people within the community, bringing up long-held views of bisexual people as promiscuous or even sexually ‘undecided.’

Jen Van-Achteren from the Australian Bisexual Network told the Star Observer these views were not unique to the heterosexual community, and that bisexual identities were often policed from within LGBTI communities. “For older gay people, particularly gay men, I think it was a huge deal for them to come out… so for them to think of bi people they kind of think, you guys are sitting on the fence, you’ve got the best of both worlds, you can live a heterosexual life and get all the benefits,” she argued.

Van-Achteren said bisexual women also experienced exclusion by the lesbian community. “There’s a fear from lesbian women, particularly if they’re in a relationship with a bi woman, that the bi woman is less likely to stay with them and be faithful because they’ll want to be with a man,” she said.

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