Coming Out as Bisexual
Coming out bisexual can be a difficult process. There are many questions that need to be answered and the evaluation of the risks versus rewards of coming out bisexual must also be considered.
There is, however, one universal truth: the most important, and perhaps the only truly necessary person to come out to, is you. Once you have done that, you can come out as bisexual to others based on your comfort level. It doesn't have to be immediate. Take your time and do what feels right to you. Make sure that you've answered the question "Am I bisexual?" and feel confident with the answer. This will help you in coming out to others.
Considerations in Coming Out Bisexual
You must also be aware that mood matters. If you are going to come out to someone as bisexual and make it seem like something bad or depressing, you can put the person in the wrong frame of mind. This can affect how receptive they will be towards your news.
Some people may not be ready for the conversation and so you may want to get to the subject of coming out bisexual indirectly. Strange and awkward questions can sometimes come up when coming out bisexual as well. These may be due to shock as opposed to lack of support. It is important to stay calm and keep the answers simple and short. Try to maintain the least amount of confusion possible.
Coming Out Bisexual: I'm Still the Same Person
Make perfectly clear that you are still the same person you have always been and be clear about how you feel. You may also choose to not come out as bisexual to everyone, such as a person that you depend on financially who may be homophobic or biphobic. Ultimately, it is a very important decision in your life, so it is your call in the end to whom you come out bisexual, or whether to come out at all.
Last Updated: 18 August 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD