How Many Gay Men Pretend To Be Bisexual When They’re Coming Out?

In an episode of the classic television series Sex and the City, Carrie
Bradshaw discovers that a guy she’s seeing has dated both men and women.
Uncomfortable with the thought of taking things further, she confides to
her friends: “You know, I did the ‘date a bisexual guy’ thing in college,
but in the end they all ended up with men…I’m not even sure bisexuality
exists. I think it’s just a layover on the way to gaytown.”

Carrie expressed a belief that a lot of people in the real world hold,
too—that all bisexual men are secretly gay and just aren’t quite ready to
come out. However, the stereotype that all bisexual men are gays in
disguise is, like Sex and the City, pure fiction (see here and here for
scientific evidence that bisexuality is a distinct sexual orientation).
That said, it turns out that there is some truth to the idea that
bisexuality sometimes serves as a transitional sexual identity.

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