Hi Florentia52!In what context did you find this sentence, ArthurNight? Did you write it yourself? Does the speaker still consider himself/herself to be bisexual?
Same here! I was surprised - and the reason why I've asked it in the first place - when someone said she should have used the present perfect tense instead of this. It sounds better to my ears as well!If Ms. Safik still considers herself to be bisexual, then the backshift is optional. To my ears, "...that I was bisexual" sounds better, but "...that I am bisexual" wouldn't be wrong.
Thank you so much Keith!It's grammatically correct; indeed it follows strictly the practice, in reported speech, of following a past main verb with a past subsidiary verb.
She could say I am, since it is still true at the present moment, but the whole drama lies in her fear at that time, and the contrast with what she feels now, so it would obscure the point to put this in the present tense.