The Bi Line: ImBIbing in Something New from @kleffnotes

With 2019 starting today I wanted to try and do something new for The Nerdy Girl Express. I have been debating about doing an article series that would focus on LGBTQ+ topics, but hadn’t really had the time to sit down and focus on how to start it. Today seemed like the perfect day. Now in case you didn’t know my name is Katherine and I am an out bi woman. I typically just say bi instead of bisexual, just my personal preference, and I sometimes think up terrible puns involving the word bi. Ages ago I started thinking about the word byline, which is the part of an article that names a writer. Well as someone who is bi it seemed that it could be perfectly altered to use for my own needs.

I had mentioned creating Bi-Line as a bi-weekly article that would focus on LGBTQ+ topics to a couple of people and they were on board with the idea. Since this is the first week of the article series I wanted to just share my thoughts on what I plan to do with this article and delve into why I identify as bi as opposed to using other terms to identify myself. When I was figuring out who I was in my teens, yes this goes back into high school Katherine days, I had discussed with my best friend at the time that I believed that love just happened and that it didn’t matter who you fell in love with you just fell in love. Her response to this was that she thought I was maybe bisexual and explained that bi people were attracted to who they were attracted to and it didn’t matter if they were guys or girls. As I got older I remembered that word and as I grew in my identity it was the word that stuck.

My personal definition of my sexuality is that I am attracted to personalities and who a person is internally as opposed to who they are externally. I have found my person and she happens to be a woman who identifies as a lesbian, but I first connected with her based on how we just seemed to click. This also makes it a bit harder for me to really crush on people I haven’t met. I may admire their talent or think they look attractive, but I can’t really crush unless I know who they are as a person. I have been told that how I define my attraction to people fits within the parameters of pansexuality and that word is totally valid and if you identify as pan that’s great. I just grew up with the word bisexual and have attached myself to the word bi. For those of you who might be worried, this article space is going to be completely inclusive and I plan to also discuss topics tied to the trans community, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, and really anything that falls within the LGBTQIAP+ umbrella. I want people to know that this is an article space for everyone, I have just chosen to use bi as part of the title because that is how I identify and because it just worked out perfectly with the journalism pun angle I was going with.

I am going to be planning out some topics to cover, primarily within the realm of popular culture, but if you have a particular topic you would like me to cover you can always let me know in the comments or on Twitter, @kleffnotes, and I will do my best to cover it. I want to find a way to help support the voices of our community and I think this article space will give me that chance.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on Twitter, @thenerdygirlexp. You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my blog, kleffnotes.wordpress.com, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, and I run The Nerdy Girl Express Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp.

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