Disclosing Bisexuality or Coming Out? Two Different Realities for Bisexual People in The Netherlands

  title={Disclosing Bisexuality or Coming Out? Two Different Realities for Bisexual People in The Netherlands},
  author={Emiel Maliepaard},
  journal={Journal of Bisexuality},
  pages={145 - 167}
ABSTRACT This study challenges the coming-out imperative and understands coming out as a normative practice in which people need to confess their nonheterosexuality toward others. Interviews with bisexual participants, 31 bisexual men and women who are living in The Netherlands, reveal that they prefer to disclose their sexual identity in mundane situations, spaces, and practices and only when they understand it as relevant. Instead of focusing on strategic and conscious decisions—the focus of… Expand
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