Just as most football clichés are easily debunked, so are a lot of the assumptions about being bisexual.
Football loves a cliché. ‘Game of two halves’, ‘good touch for a big man’, Hecky’s favourite injury update – ‘back on the grass’ – to name a few. We know football is a bit more complicated and nuanced than the catchphrases that accompany it. The same can be said of bisexuality. I’m pretty confident being open and out about being bi and embracing the potential to see the beauty in everyone is such a great part of my life. There’s plenty of clichés and stereotypes that make it harder to get to this point however: ‘pick a side’, ‘can’t be trusted’ or the classic: ‘it’s just a phase’.
Just as most football clichés are easily debunked, so are a lot of the assumptions about being bisexual. In a settled relationship? Great! Doesn’t mean we stop being bi. Not attracted to all genders equally all of the time? Cool! Doesn’t mean we stop being bi. Obviously, I don’t speak for everyone who identifies as bisexual but clichés are tiresome, both in football and other areas of life. At the end of the day, it’s a long season ahead, so let’s give the stereotypes a rest for a bit and remain united for all.
Author: Lewis Parker, Rainbow Blades Committee Member