Stigma is define by Goffman as an attribute that discredits someone depending on the circumstances. Before it used to be a stigma to be gay, nowadays it is more acceptable depending on the place. So being gay is not a stigma in most of America and England. There is still a stigma for people to affiliate to the label of bi-sexual. It is more acceptable to be gay or lesbian because it is perceive as being define. In the other hand bi-sexuals are perceive as confused, as people who do not know what they want. There is the stigma, a bi-sexual is someone who is confused and therefore they can’t be trusted. This stigma might change depending on the place, and the community. If you are in a bi-sexual community there would be no stigma about it, but usually within a group of lesbians there would be the stigma that they just can’t make their minds and decide what they want. In the straight community being bi-sexual also depends on gender. For females it seems more acceptable, but when it comes to males there have being papers publish questioning if it is even real or possible for males to be bi-sexual. Therefore there is more of a stigma when it comes to bi-sexual males than for females.
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