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“No, I wouldn’t date him cause I can’t picture dating a guy who has sex with men,” my friend says in a text message. She was recently swiping through guys on a dating app and matched with a guy who caught her interest. He quickly messaged her and expressed interest in going out to lunch with her. She was excited because she thought he was attractive and went to the school she recently transferred to.
Everything was going great until he said he was bisexual. After that, all she had to say about him was negative even though he was very respectful. He didn’t have to reveal he was bisexual, but he chose to be open and transparent with her. She felt uncomfortable dating someone who has kissed men or had sex with men. He emphasized to her that he emotionally liked to be with women, rather than men. That wasn’t enough for her, and she quickly ended contact with him. He was surprised. Many times people mask their biphobia and say it’s “preference”. Biphobia is defined as dislike of or prejudices against bisexual people. It’s not preference to actively say you wouldn’t date someone because they like both men and women. Biphobia isn’t just common among straight people, but it’s also prevalent in the LGBT+ community.