Twitter is seeing an outpouring of stories celebrating bisexual men in response to writer and blogger Vaneet Mehta's tweet reigniting the hashtag #BisexualMenExist in an effort to promote visibility.
In his original tweet, Mehta writes: “The biphobia towards bi men recently has been so shit. So I’m bringing back #BisexualMenExist for some much needed positivity! Drop a pic below with the hashtag and retweet this thread!”
Mehta tells The Advocate he first sent the tweet when he saw an "uptick" in biphobia towards men on Twitter, following a recent episode of Netflix's reality show Love Is Blind, in which an different sex couple have a blowout argument — and ultimately end their engagement in reality show dramatic fashion — after the male-identified partner, Carlton, comes out as bisexual.
"I saw several successive comments after [the Love Is Blind episode] that really upset me," Mehta says. "My hope was to pull the conversation back! The biphobia towards men had been a mess and I wanted spread some positivity instead. I did the same thing before, using the same hashtag. So I decided to bring it back and start a positive conversation, and maybe cheer myself up in the process."
In the Love is Blind episode, Carlton opens up about his sexuality while he and his fiancee, Diamond, are together in Mexico. The scene ultimatedly ends in a tumultuous argument, which prompted many viewers to take to Twitter in what became a slew of attacks against bisexual men.
After Mehta's tweet, the hashtag #BisexualMenExist went viral, with positive messages that ultimately drowned out the negative ones.
"The response has been incredible!" shares Mehta. "Beyond my wildest imagination! There’s been a few awful people but everyone has embraced it to readily! Tons of support from Bi women and other LGBTQ+ folk. It started trending in the UK and the U.S. People even used it as an opportunity to come out. I feel very blessed to have started something so positive."
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