For me personally, saying 'I'm bi' is the simplest way of conveying the fact that I'm not straight.
I feel more comfortable with 'queer' because the word is revolutionary, individual, and fluid.
Both 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' also reinforce a gender binary.
Bi to me means that I'm attracted to people of similar and different genders, which fits me just fine.
The way I’m attracted to men and women and everyone else is so different that bi doesn’t really fit in my head.
It only reinforces the binary if you mis-define the term.
I feel more of a sense of established community identifying as bisexual.
The people who use it should get to define it.
To be frank, I don't know, but spectrum of gender is cool and I'm still bisexual.
It's not about fitting people in a box at all.
"When people I've dated or have had conversations with tell me they're confused by how I identify, the reason for that in my experience has always felt less about them believing I'm excluding trans people (or anyone else who falls outside the binary) — but rather that I can't 'pick a side.' The discomfort in the label feels related to this idea that being bisexual makes me flippant to one 'group' or the other... which, frankly, is what's really reinforcing the gender binary." -Kelsey, 27, bisexual.
I want people to know I'm not straight, but I don't always want to get more specific than that.
The attack on 'bisexual' while 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' are not attacked is problematic at best.
Love is love and lust is lust. It doesn't matter who it is or how they identify.
This understanding of the terms allows for attraction to everyone.
Bi visibility is still a problem and terms like queer or gay make people who date all genders invisible.
I don't think the term inherently reinforces the gender binary.
We’re not going away any time soon.