A Familiar Story

Denmark’s Minister for Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers, has come out as bisexual.

In an interview he talked about how he was for a long time married to a woman, but after their relationship broke down for years he found he was only interested in men.

However over time he found he experienced attraction to women again and he is now again in a relationship with a woman. Having become a government minister in May he had concluded that it was important to come out publicly rather than let rumours mill around about him being secretly gay.

Many readers will relate to that bisexual experience. Most of us are raised on the assumption of heterosexuality.

The cliche of bisexuality as a “stopping off point” from straight to gay doesn’t hold true for many people who realised their same-sex attractions and accepted the received wisdom that this meant you must be gay or lesbian really.