• Bisexuality

“On bisexuality: It immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” – Woody Allen

“Quotations According to Woody Allen at 40,” The Lakeland Ledger 12/25/1975

A person who defines their sexual orientation as bisexual, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,1 is “a person who has the capacity to form enduring physical, romantic, and / or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or to those of another gender. People may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime. Bisexual people need not have had specific sexual experiences to be bisexual; in fact, they need not have had any sexual experience at all to identify as bisexual.”

“Other non-binary sexual orientations include, but are not limited to: queer, omnisexual, polysexual, fluid, homoflexible, lesbiflexible, and heteroflexible.”2 “To be Questioning is to be unsure or less certain of your sexual orientation.”

There are men who have sex with other men, “straight homosexual sex,” but don’t consider themselves either gay or bisexual, according to a study by University of California, Riverside, gender and sexuality professor Jane Ward.3

“Fluid sexuality is used to describe fluctuations some people experience in their level of sexual attractions to different genders, or similarly, the idea that sexual orientation for some people changes over time.”4

The sourced articles below should provide you more information on issues unique to the bisexual community.

  1. 6 Things Bisexual+ People Are Tired Of Hearing From Their Doctors

    “Often times, we’re hit by microaggressions, misinformed assumptions, and invasive ‘small talk’ about who we are and who we date. This can be really harmful for the bi+ community because, when going to the doctor becomes an uncomfortable and offensive experience, bi+ folks like me face even greater hurdles to accessing our doctors and having our health care needs understood.”

    Michelle Shneyder, glaad.org, 3/31/2018

  2. Bisexual FAQ

    “In simplest terms, a bisexual person is someone who can be attracted to more than one gender; but adults and youth who identify as bisexual sometimes describe themselves differently. … This broad definition of bisexuality includes people who identify as pansexual, queer, fluid and other labels that suggest potential attraction to more than one gender.”

    Online Resource, hrc.org, accessed on 4/11/2017

  3. What Is Bisexual? What Does It Mean To Be Bisexual?

    “A simple definition of bisexual is: people who experience sexual and emotional attractions and feelings for people of different genders at some point during their lives. These people are called bisexuals, although many people prefer to call themselves:
    [1.] Pansexual
    [2.] Non-preferential
    [3.] Sexually fluid
    [4.] Ambisexual
    [5.] Omni-sexual”

    Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD, healthyplace.com, last updated 11/15/2016

  4. Bisexual, Not Bisexual

    “Technically, if you have sexual attractions and they are directed only toward one particular sex, then you are monosexual (straight or lesbian/gay). If those attractions are directed, regardless of the degree distributed, to females and males, then you are bisexual.”

    Ritch C Savin-Williams, PhD, psychologytoday.com, 7/14/2016

  5. Why Do So Many Bisexuals End Up In “Straight” Relationships?

    “So not only is it statistically more likely more likely that a bisexual person will wind up with a partner of the opposite sex; it’s equally likely that they’ll wind up with someone from the over 96 percent of the population who identifies as straight.”

    Kristina Marusic, slate.com, 5/4/2016

  6. Bisexuality On The Rise, Says New U.S. Survey

    “As awareness about bisexuality has grown over the years, it could be getting easier for people to label themselves as bisexual, said Debby Herbenick, associate professor at Indiana University and author of the book ‘Sex Made Easy,’ who was not involved in the study.”

    Carina Storrs, cnn.com, 1/7/2016

  7. Bisexuals Face Heightened Risk For Cancer, STIs, And Depression

    “Bisexual adults face physical, mental, and sexual health disparities at alarming rates, says a report from the Human Rights Campaign. … The report calls for better education on bisexual specific needs from both LGBT activists and healthcare provides.”

    Eliel Cruz, advocate.com, 9/23/2015

  8. Why Saying ‘Bisexual’ Is More Important Than Ever

    “Bisexuals face elevated risks of violence and discrimination, often at higher rates than gay and lesbian peers; biphobia in medical offices contributes to an environment where bisexual men have a higher risk of contracting HIV and STIs than either straight or gay men. Mental health issues, domestic violence and substance abuse are all higher in the bisexual community.”

    Eliel Cruz, rollingstone.com, 9/22/2015

  9. The Scientific Quest To Prove Bisexuality Exists

    “Studies have found that straight-identified people have more negative attitudes about bisexuals (especially bisexual men) than they do about gays and lesbians, but A.I.B.’s [American Institute of Bisexuality] board members insist that some of the worst discrimination and minimization comes from the gay community.”

    Benoit Denizet-Lewis, nytimes.com, 3/20/2014

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Footnotes

1. glaad.org, accessed on 4/11/2018

2. thetrevorproject.org, accessed on 4/16/2018

3. thecut.com, 12/18/2016

4. bisexual.org, accessed on 4/16/2018