George V. Reilly

25 Years Out as Bisexual

My birthday today marks the 25th an­niver­sary of my coming out as bisexual, a major milestone in my life.

I hid my bi­sex­u­al­i­ty for a decade before coming out in 1991. Ireland was not a welcoming place for LGBT youth in the 1980s. Nor were most other places.

I discovered soc.motss, the gay newsgroup on Usenet, in the late 1980s and I lurked there for a couple of years, half-intending to come out but never quite finding the courage. Then my old friend Éamonn came out to me—to my utter sur­prise—and I im­me­di­ate­ly came out to him. Then I sat on everything for a few months. Eventually, late on the night continue.

Are you an In Between?

I found this opinion piece on bi­sex­u­al­i­ty by Matthew Parris in The Times of London:

In my Notebook column in The Times I have been recording, in an occasional way, candidates for inclusion in a spec­u­la­tive list of truths or nonsenses staring us in the face that we somehow cannot see: things future ages may dismiss with a snort — just as we look with in­creduli­ty at our forebears’ faith in the theory of the four bodily humours or possession by demons. Here is another modern candidate: the idea that there is a set of males called ho­mo­sex­u­als, and another called het­ero­sex­u­als, plus a handful in the middle called continue.