A Step Forward for Bisexual Visibility

From The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinal:

Democratic state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa said Tuesday she’s decided to come out as a bisexual member of the LGBT community.

Zamarripa, the only Hispanic in the Legislature, faces one Democratic primary challenger in her bid for a second term and no Republican opposition.

In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, she said that it had always been her intent to come out publicly, but the timing has been a personal decision.

“It has always been my goal in office to be transparent and honest with my constituents,” she said. But before the primary in 2010, I didn’t have the valor and courage to come out,” she said. “I feel remiss that I didn’t come out then.”

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It’s also more difficult to come out as the “B” in the LGBT acronym, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, she said.

“It’s tough for people to wrap their minds around that, but it is a reality and the truth,” she said.

Zamarripa is right. It is difficult to come out as bisexual. There’s a lot of doubt from both the gay and straight coummunity about it’s validity. There is also envy, too. Being bisexual is seen as being easier since you can pass yourself off as a mild-mannered heterosexual when you so choose. With Zamarripa’s coming out, hopefully, that will ease some of this stigma. Remember, we are all in this together.

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