DEAR ABBY: I am a bisexual man in his thirties who is in a relationship with a bisexual woman of the same age. We both lived different lives and dated various people before we met, but now I’m pretty sure she’s the one. The question arises when it comes to how others, especially my parents and their friends, perceive us.
For us, we are two homosexual people who have identified as a form of homosexuality or bisexuality since our adolescence. We repeatedly faced backlash from conservative family members and family friends about who we were attracted to. One of my mother’s best friends is extremely homophobic. She has, at various holiday parties my parents threw, loudly voiced her homophobic views, including how proud she was to vote against same-sex marriage.