For Christi Sessa, living as openly bisexual in her small Indiana town has been challenging – but it’s an identity she has come to embrace and which directly influences her passionate support of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections and equal treatment for all people. Christi grew up in a small evangelical community where very few people were openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. That experience caused her to repress her sexual orientation for some time, until eventually accepting her bisexuality and coming out as non-binary as well. While many people know from a young age that they are either a boy or a girl, that is not true for everyone – some people, like Christi, identify as neither a man nor a woman, and so they use a term like “non-binary” to describe their experience. She continues to be an advocate and speaks out about the lack of resources often available to bisexual people.
“Out of any group that does not identify as straight in their sexual orientation, the bisexual community makes up the largest group,” she pointed out, describing Americans who are attracted to people of all genders and polls that have found that most LGBTQ people identify as bisexual. “There are the most of us, and yet we are the ones who are discriminated against and completely ignored. It’s a big problem, and more needs to be done.”