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How I Explored My Sexual Orientation

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Author, dark brown hair, in a plaid shirt, sitting on top of a mountain looking at the vast landscape around her.
Detroit, MI

Being bisexual and coming out was a very conflicting process for me.

I grew up living with my older sisters who were very girly. They would always talk about boys and they were very into makeup.

I struggled with my style because I knew I dressed differently and I didn’t want that to ruin our relationship. I had crushes on boys and girls and did not know what to do about those feelings. Therefore, I hid them for years.

I eventually started to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and worked up the confidence to come out as bisexual. I really worried that I would lose my connection with my sisters when I came out though.

However, once I did come out, they immediately accepted me and showed me a tremendous amount of love. I felt like I was free to continue to explore my sexual orientation.

This allowed me to free myself of all the anxiety and confliction that I had built up within me.

While I had such a great support system backing me, not every member of the LGBTQ+ community does. It is wonderful that the LGBTQ+ community has been more accepted in the past decade or two, but that doesn’t erase its history.

Historically, the LGBTQ+ community has received such an immense amount of hatred. Members of the community were not understood and were humiliated and tortured because of their sexuality.

Now being a part of this community, I have noticed that we receive hate and are confined by the limits of society. Being bisexual, gay, trans, or anything other than straight should not put us in danger. It should not define us or make u feel like any less human.

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