While the majority of people have grown to understand the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual people, there is still some fear of them in our communities. This fear of a person’s own sexual preference and lifestyle is nearly always irrational and usually due to an inexperience around these different groups of people. Biphobia is an exaggerated, irrational or extreme fear of bisexual men or women, and will usually lead them to suspect and subsequently avoid most people they envision as bisexual.

Symptoms of Biphobia

Biphobia, caused predominantly in a lack of information, is still widely seen throughout a good portion of the public. There are several common ways to identify a biphobic person. Look for these common traits to determine if a person may be suffering from biphobia:

  • Thinking that all bisexuals are “slutty” or unfairly promiscuous
  • Being unable to trust or be around a bisexual person, even in a neutral environment
  • Believing bisexuals are “on the fence” and are most likely making their relationships for attention
  • Calling them “gay,” more commonly in a negative connotation, for engaging in a same-sex relationship

Causes of Biphobia

Biphobia usually stems from unfair stereotypes or blanketed assumptions regarding bisexual people. Most of these involve a perceived level of promiscuity, which is commonly, and unfairly, paired with a fear of the AIDS virus. This is especially prominent in their view of bisexual males. Another common source of fear is the idea that bisexuals are in a “confused” state of mind. However, in our society, bisexuality has been recognized as a definitive sexual preference.

These stereotypes are usually based in skewed media portrayals of bisexual behavior leading to widely misinterpreted lifestyle choices. What causes these biphobic portrayals to spread even quicker is a lack of interaction with actual bisexual people. Since an irrational fear will develop and worsen over time, a biphobic person will slowly begin to actively avoid anyone they feel is a bisexual. This will soon interfere with their personal life, limiting the ability to make meaningful relationships with people they unfairly feel uncomfortable around. Limiting exposure to the “fear” will ultimately be their greatest weakness, causing biphobic people to further misconstrue and misunderstand the people around them.

Common Facts of Biphobia

Biphobia can not only hold you back in your life, it can also hold back others around you. This condition is not only an extreme or irrational fear of bisexual people, it is also usually coupled with a hatred or outspoken disapproval of bisexual relationships. This prejudice is unfair to bisexuals and has recently become a large issue in our society and especially in LGBT communities.

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