A variation on the theme of being “closeted”, which refers to the tendency to ignore, remove, falsify or re-explain evidence of bisexuality in history, academia, the news media and other primary sources.
This edition builds upon the 2011 edition by actively being more inclusive, addressing some concerns of bisexual erasure and biphobia, and recognizing recent strides in LGBTQ+ rights, while also acknowledging that the fight is not over.
Some of the language used does reinforce the hetero/homosexual binary that could be interpreted as not only bisexual erasure, but failing to include others along a spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.
Bisexual Erasure (or "but I didn't choose to be gay") D.
160) According to Yoshino, there is a link between the immutability defence and what he calls the "epistemic contract of bisexual erasure.
While bisexual communities have worked to increase awareness of these challenges, their efforts are hampered by an epistemic contract of bisexual erasure, a contract built upon essentialist understandings of sexual orientation and upon the immutability defense, both of which are incorporated into contemporary jurisprudence on sexual-minority refugees.