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Bisexual Visibility Day has been celebrated on 23 September for the last 20 years. Some people who identify as bisexual have told the BBC of issues they regularly come across when trying to live openly as bisexual individuals.
They have experienced abusive relationships, disrespect in the workplace, and discrimination on dating apps just because of their sexuality. Matt is a graduate trainee living in Cambridge. He has struggled to maintain relationships with both men and women, and says he now has to lie about his sexuality in order to date people.
Then she blocked me on everything. When I lie to people, and hide my sexuality, it lasts.
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I still don't know whether I should reveal it from the start, or wait, because the longer I wait the more anxious I get, but I don't want any relationship to end. Then if I don't have a monogamous relationship people will say I'm just greedy. Nichi Hodgson is a writer who lives in London. She says she came out "late" bisexual men dating bisexual at 26, and had trouble exploring who she was because of society's pressures to be either gay or straight.
I would have a straight profile, and a gay profile, but having a bisexual one created serious problems. Some people think that bisexuality is kinky and code for BDSM.
It's like you're up for anything. There's a real stigma.
I was really disturbed. It's deeply hurtful. There's a real social pressure to go straight rather than being bisexual.
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Lewis Oakley is a bisexual activist and writer who lives in Manchester and is currently in a relationship with a woman. He says his girlfriend is judged for being with him, with people warning her that Lewis will cheat on her with a man. Nobody has ever turned to me and said: 'Eww you're mixed race, I bisexual men dating possibly date you,' but I always hear that my bisexuality doesn't fit with people's needs.
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