Bisexuals find themselves erased in history. Many famous people―such as Marlene Dietrich, June Jordan, Freddie Mercury, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Walt Whitman―have been labeled as lesbian or gay for their same-sex relationships, yet their long-term relationships with different-sex partners are ignored or their importance minimized. This disrespects the truth of their lives for the sake of a binary conception of sexual orientation. It also makes it more difficult for bisexuals just coming out to find role models.
Good to know! Thanks. That’s what’s sad about erasure, for a long fucking time you don’t even know you’ve been erased. Even asexuals have more history than bisexuals, they get a hint from celebrate and the slurs frigid or prude. But bisexuals don’t even have a derogatory history, we have almost no history. Not sure which is worse.
I think it can also be the opposite - still erasure, but only acknowledging their opposite-sex relationships. I had no idea that Eleanor Roosevelt was queer.