The “LGBT” community has always been seen with awkwardness and raised eyebrows in almost every part of the world, and the United States seems not to be an exception to this.
Even the issues of gay rights as well as the gay marriages have made sweeping advances, yet the LGBT’s ‘B’ group is always like an awkward fit.
But the activists and supporters believe the entry of the first openly bisexual governor of the US may play a significant role in easing this ineptness and would broaden the thinking as well as the understanding of the bi-community.
Oregon’s secretary of state Kate Brown, who has openly declared his bisexual status, will succeed Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber after he steps down on Wednesday over an ethics scandal.
Currently, Brown is serving her second term as the Oregon’s secretary of state after many years in the legislature, has been open about being bisexual throughout her political career.
The LGBT activists, mainly the bisexuals, across the US have been closely following Brown’s progress.
“There are so few bi political leaders out there, so we pay attention to them,” Ellyn Ruthstrom, Bisexual Resource Center, Boston, said citing US Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona as the another prominent instance.
Along with the elective politics, the world seems to be very narrow for the bisexual people as they have to struggle hard for establishing their appropriate place in the broader civil rights campaigns that are primarily concentrated on gays, lesbians and transgender people.
Fred Sainz, vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the bisexuals are likely to face greater challenges than the gays and lesbians in some respects.
“To the extent that they’re out, they may well be more so the victims of scorn because they get it from both gay and straight people. Gays want them to make a choice, and straights consider them gay, so in many ways they face increased amounts of stigma and discrimination,” Sainz said.
With Brown taking up the new roles next week, the bi people are hopeful that their fortunes will also shine and the society will develop a progressive attitude towards their existence.