In light of pride month, I’d like to kick off my pride theme, which will have at least 4 posts that may not be in consecutive order, with explaining my experiences in the LGBTQ community as a bisexual/panromantic individual being the first.
Personally, I have had a wonderful experience being in the LGBT community. All of my friends have been supportive, and most of my family has been too. I realize that this is not the case for many people.
I have many friends whose family does not accept them, and have tried to help them on multiple occasions, be it buying them binders, helping them go on dates with their s/o, or other favors.
Because of this, I get nervous posting about LGBT related things online when my family can see. They may not understand the jokes I make or things may be too personal.
I also fear the LGBT community to a certain extent. The community tends to think that bi people that are not in a same-sex relationship should not be part of the community. However, we are still bi. It doesn’t matter who we are in a relationship with, we are still attracted to both genders, or more than just the two.
However, I try to get over this fear and put myself out there to help others. I also do so for my own good. I want to go to pride this year, but people are concerned that I may get harassed if I go with my boyfriend, because we are a heterosexual couple even though I am bi.
Overall, I have had a good experience in the community. It has helped me make a lot of friends through the years and helped me grow as a person.
Love is love.
~Amanda Full of Roses