RB: Well see, that’s the weird thing because as I wrote in my book, I didn’t know there was …it was hard for me to find the time when I knew that, because for such a long time I thought it was, you know, I didn’t see a difference. I grew up kind of sheltered, I guess, where growing up I didn’t see this or hear about it until my teens.That really just broke my heart because here was this guy who thinks he’s sick, who thinks God is going to send him to Hell for who he is. To be honest, I don’t have that many gay or bisexual friends.Here in this college town especially, where it’s definitely more liberal and you see a little bit more sexual freedom and experimentation.For me I didn’t know there was anything wrong until I was about 13 and I started hearing people say “fag”, “Oh, this person’s a fag, don’t talk to him” you know, blah blah blah is when I began to realize that. RB: But just to answer the question about why it’s in the book, it’s because struggling with my faith and religion and everything like that and dealing with this world where I deal with a lot of religion, you know…one of my mentors was a woman named Lorraine Moore who’s very, very old-fashioned.When I started to become more self-aware about it, I would say maybe in my mid-teens. I know there’s some people who believe there’s no such thing as bisexuality and I know that’s something that’s taboo even in the gay community, but… She kind of approached me about it and asked, you know, if I was bisexual and I said yes.
But when Buell realized that his prominence in the paranormal research field, not to mention the fact he is quite public about his religious beliefs, meant he might be able to open some eyes about the issue of bisexuality, he knew he had to speak up.Paranormal investigations is really just a way for looking for God and looking for those questions.It doesn’t matter who you are, what your skin color is, your sexuality, your religious faith …But that part is more of their secret part, that they may date a girl but then they have something on the side with a guy. I know some people probably go, “Oh, here’s another guy coming out of the closet.” But it’s still very much not fully acceptable to be gay or bi or straight.