"I love who I love; it's the person that matters." But as for many bisexual women, it seems that neither the public – nor her husband – truly believed her.
Bisexual women encounter unique stigma in their romantic relationships, facing significantly higher risks of physical and sexual violence than straight women or lesbians.
Male partners of bi women can feel that their own masculine identities get compromised in these relationships. Dobinson said the red flags for bi women should be a partner who criticizes your sexual identity, isolates you from your same sex friends or threatens to out you to family.
The stereotype was that bisexual women are unfaithful by nature and that it somehow makes abuse okay." Khan argues that sexuality impacts the rate at which victims are believed.
"It goes back to respectability politics: who gets to be seen as a respectable human and as a good person, and who doesn't?
Our society doesn't deal with shades of grey or ambiguity very well," said Saewyc, who is executive director of the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at the University of British Columbia.
"Prominent figures who are bisexual don't get billed that way," said Saewyc, a professor of nursing and adolescent medicine.