Usually, when I start dating someone I am already out to them or come out within the first few interactions. Its important to me to know that the person respects my identity before getting involved and attached. Generally, coming out tends to be a rewarding experience. Many people express a new level of knowledge about human sexuality after I explain to them what bisexuality means to me. Sometimes, well fairly often actually, people express their own bisexual feelings to me either at the time, or later.
Very recently, I began “casually dating” someone that I have been acquantances with for several years. I was not sure if this person knew how I identify or not, and was a little nervous to come out not knowing how they would react. When I expressed my nervousness to my straight-yet very affirming roommate she said “well, maybe this person has bisexual feelings, too, you never know right?” and my internalized biphobia came out and said ” No, no, I am pretty sure they aren’t bi, sometimes you just know”.
I was happily proven wrong, when after stumbly upon my myspace profile (which outs me as bi), the person I am dating expressed sexual feelings for men, and wanting to pursue that more. I felt, happy, relieved and excited that this person felt comfortable to share this with me, and is acting on feelings they have had for a long time. Happy bi moment!