#27BiStories: Why a Bisexual's Sexual Orientation Is Still Important Even If They're in a Relationship

If a bisexual person is in a relationship, why is it important they're still labeled as bisexual?

BY Eliel Cruz

August 28 2014 10:00 AM ET

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Actor and Broadway showman extraordinaire Alan Cumming has identified as bisexual for quite some time. Yet, after he married Grant Shafter, media outlets labeled him a “gay man.” Cumming has had to correct time and time again individuals, mainstream media, and LGBT outlets that mislabel him — and erase his bisexuality.

For many bisexuals, there's an added stress to being in a relationship: the need to keep coming out and then often explain their sexuality to new groups of people. Some bisexuals in opposite-gender relationships may feel alienated in queer spaces while those in same-gender relationships may feel defensive about whether their sexual orientation is being fully acknowledged.

#27BiStories features people in all types of relationships: polyamorous, monogamous, married, and coupled up but without a label, yet one thing is the same — their bisexuality. So when a person is in a relationship of any kind, does their sexual orientation still matter? It certainly does. 

This is #27BiStories.

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