In an email-discussion on Jan 22, 2021, Lois Bujold discussed the "Was bisexual" line in the book Barrayar (chapter 5, Cordelia speaking to Vidal Vordarian). Text below is copied from her statement:

"Was bisexual.  But now he's monogamous."

Yeah I've been getting reader confusion and heat, but no light, about that line for years now, all post-internet when/after the conversions on the subjects of assorted sexualities expanded across the culture.

Just for the record, that line was actually written in 1983, in the part of the original draft of /Shards of Honor/ that got cut off the end and went to my attic (in a single carbon copy) for several years, till I got the idea of using it to jump-start what became /Barrayar./ Which, at the time, was a matter of adding a new chapter one, tidying up the next several chapters till just after the soltixin attack (which is where the old material had broken off), and going on to the book you see now. /Barrayar/ would have been written in 1990 for its Oct. 1991 release.

That said, at the time I wrote it, I meant it to be taken as referring to behavior not orientation, and many readers also did so. That it could be misread as either Cordelia or me thinking that Aral had changed what is now called his orientation never crossed my mind. The latter misreading/misunderstanding was never my writerly intention, but it has since become apparent over the years -- 38 of 'em by now -- that a lot of other readers have done so, happily or unhappily depending on their own views.

The book has had enough reprintings and reissues by now that chances to change that line have come across my desk, but I am very leery of altering what is, in effect by now, almost grown to be another writer's work, a very personal sort of historical revisionism. (Of which Bowdlerization is the most egregious example.) It's possible that persons who are not writers do not understand this as an ethical dilemma.

Anyway, if the line really bothers you, feel free to mentally edit to "Yes.  But now he's monogamous." Or ink it in on your page, or swap out your pixels, whatever. I almost did, last few times through assorted reissues, but I wouldn't expect anyone but another writer to understand how icky it would make me feel, in a way that has nothing whatsoever to do with the putative content.

"Yes. But now he's monogamous."

Sure, why not.

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