I genuinely support the questioning of a legitimate ‘community’ and ‘identity’. Still, in relation to my race and gender, I am unable to dismantle my historical and social connections with quite the vigour that others perhaps could.
Politicising bisexuality proudly is precisely to add more dignity as well as to distinguish those that practise dishonesty. Generally, there is a high level of secrecy and that is because we still accept too much heterosexism as our dominant social/sexual framework. No matter what we understand about the falsehood of a bisexual identity, at least, it can specifically situate us on levels we choose. Validation and the breaking of isolation make that necessary. I don’t see anything wrong with openly accepting ‘bi’ as simply, ‘strategically’ necessary and this does not mean we need to be tied to the hip.
Part of an article written in Bi Community News, No 31, U.K., August 1998