"I'm no faggot; I'm bisexual"

Returning for his last year in a Catholic high school, our diarist runs into a clique of students trumpeting their bisexuality. Are they for real?

BY Tully Satre

August 30 2006 11:00 PM ET

Satre is a senior at Notre Dame Academy, a private
Catholic high school in Middleburg, Va., and the founder
of the Virginia LGBT activist group Equality
Fauquier-Culpeper. He writes journal entries
for
The Advocate.

Please excuse my
tardiness in delivering a few words to you all, but I
have found myself consumed in the reality that is the SATs
and college applications. I awoke today realizing how
much I missed the discussions I have had with several
readers of The Advocateonline, and I
decided it was time to take a break from the mess we
call life and make yet another ruthless observation.
 

School started
for me this week. This is my final year of Catholic
school. For the past 10 years I have been bordering
on insanity and Catholicism with what they call a
disease with a big H. I walked into school the other
day to purchase some of my overly priced books for
classes—AP biology, AP U.S. government, and
politics—when a group of my classmates caught my
attention.

“Yeah, me
too,” said one of the girls. She was shorter than I
am—again, I'm 6-foot-4, and everyone is
shorter than I am. Her hair was bleached platinum
blond. Her skin was painted tan, and her teeth
reflected the entire room. “Yeah, I am bisexual
too.”

What? Is my
hearing that bad? Bisexual?

“It’s cool,” one of the other girls
continued as she placed a pin on her fake Versace bag.
“I am proud to be bi.”

More and more,
young adults—I’m sorry, I mean kids—my
age are finding it trendy to be "bisexual." It is no
wonder I am asked over and over again if bisexuality
is fact or fiction. Many young people today have used
the term to make a fashion statement and create a different
kind of clique, and it is these same people who are
going to influence the way we think, act, and live in
society.

I am an advocate
for all people in the ever-growing acronym that labels
our community. I truly believe that bisexuality is an innate
trait just as homosexuality and heterosexuality is.
What I do not believe is the growing number of
teenagers identifying as bisexual.

I am an advocate
for youth who so often do not get the opportunity to be
heard, yet it is tarnished and abused by people who will use
an adjective like bisexual to identify with the
in crowd and turn around and call me "faggot" in the
same sentence.

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