I’m wondering if I’m bi but I accept whoever I am!


Hi Nad, thanks for writing to Alterheros with your question!

I understand your confusion about your sexuality and your desire to figure it all out! I think that it is wonderful and important that you aren't particularly bothered by what the ‘answer' might be, and that from what I understand, you just want the answer so you can proceed accordingly. It can be difficult living in uncertainty of any kind, especially when it is uncertainty about yourself.

That being said, sometimes the answers just don't come that easily or quickly! Sometimes we need to accept uncertainty. It's ok and important to allow yourself the time to really discover who you are and become who you want to be. However, Nad, you seem pretty certain about what you like: You like men and women, but in different ways and for different reasons. But from what I understand this doesn't really seem simple or like one of the ‘answers' that you were looking for. You could be bisexual, you could be a lesbian, you could be heterosexual and simply like to fantasize about women but never decide to do anything about it. I'm confused about why you would consider this is ‘objectifying' women? Being attracted to someone, fantasizing about them, is completely normal – whether the object of your attraction is a man or a woman. Also, I feel that there is a horrible connotation to the term ‘phase' when associated with discovering our sexualities. It is certainly possible that this is a part of your exploration, growth, and development, but does that make it less real or important?

You ask if I think you should tell anyone about your confusion and feelings. I think that being open with the different people in your life is a liberating experience and in an ideal world we wouldn't have to think twice about doing this. But, Nad, I don't know who the people are that you have around you and so only you can decide what's best. Do you have anyone that you feel you can trust with this kind of information and disclosure? If not, I would advise you to seek some kind of support whether from a community group (check out www.headandhands.ca) or maybe from your school counsellor. Keeping all of this inside can be hard sometimes, and talking about it with someone who has an open mind might help you to figure some stuff out!

I hope that was helpful for your Nad, please don`t hesitate to come back to Alterheros if you have more questions.

Hillary, for Alterheros.


About Hillary Greer

Hillary is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University, hoping to continue on to her Master degree after. When she lived in Toronto, she volunteered and worked at an alternative youth and family counselling organization with Dr. Karyn Gordon. Since moving to Montreal, she has completed an internship at Head and Hands, and has now been involved with AlterHeros for almost two years! She am now doing an internship at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation center, working with families of young children with hearing impairments and developmental delays.

Being a part of the outreach team at AlterHeros has given me the chance to explore a wide variety of topics and connect with the queer community a bit more. I had a lot of emotional support growing up and was supported in whatever choices I made. I love being involved with Tell the Experts because it enables me to be able to connect with individuals who might be looking for that kind of support for themselves. Growing up, exploring and questioning yourself, and coming out can be difficult and sometimes scary, and I am thrilled to be able to help as many people as possible to make this journey an easier one.

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