Self Expression At All Costs

I knew from the time I was very young that I was attracted to both sexes. My very first crush was Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. I was 7. Of course, it took me a while to develop my understanding of the term "bisexual," but I've never had a problem embracing who I am.

My personal version of heaven is to be able to tell anyone I meet that I am bisexual and for that statement to be met with complete acceptance and inherent understanding. In this version of heaven, I wouldn't have to answer a barrage of ignorant, close-minded and bi-phobic questions or feel that I have to defend myself or my lifelong identity. Thanks to amBi, this is my reality (at least while attending amBi events and hanging out with amBi friends).

amBi has quite literally changed my life. I moved to LA from Boston not knowing much of anyone. A friend introduced me to amBi by pointing their parade float out to me in the 2011 LA Pride Parade. I was instantly starry eyed. A visible group of bisexuals?! An out and proud group of bisexuals?! I was already in before I even joined the Meetup group.

My first official meetup was amBi’s Bi Party, thrown every year at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Let me tell you, I had never met a friendlier and more inviting group of people before. I felt instantly accepted and at home. I felt free in a way I’d never been able to fully express before. I was with my people. I laughed, I danced, I drank, I loved.

Thank you amBi, for everything you have given me. Life, freedom, expression.. and the ability to love myself again.

I’m typing this paragraph up right now with bi flag colored fingernails and bi flag colored hair.

What being bisexual means to me today, short answer: I don't discriminate with regards to whom I talk to, socialize with, date, or love based on sex, age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, shoe size, gender identification, weight or social status. I absolutely ADORE fluidity and personal expression. Let your freak flag fly!

-Erin
Los Angeles Chapter