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Bi Culture Beyond Cliches and Stereotypes
Bisexual Erasure: What It Is, Why It’s a Threat to Health, How to Put an End to It
Huff Post: Bisexual People Are Not Just Going Through a Phase

Why Bisexual Erasure Hurts Us All
GLAAD: Accelerating Bi Acceptance

TED Talk: Bisexual Invisibility

Advocate: How to Make Bisexuals Invisible No More

Hollywood's Loud and Proud Bisexual Celebs
 

 

American Institute of Bisexuality

NY Times Mag: Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists

PBS Video: Bisexuality

Bisexual Celebrities
Info: Pansexual

Psychology Today: Bisexuality Myths Debunked

Video: How I Knew I was Bisexual

NBC News: Bisexual Women With Straight Male Partners Least Likely to Come Out

Cosmo: How to Know If You're Bisexual

Bisexual Youth More Likely to Be Bullied and Commit Suicide

Bi Foundation

Video: Bisexual Spectrum Explained

Book List: Required Reading for Bisexuals

Famous Bisexual People

 

Definition
 

The word “bisexual” describes a person who is romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted to or involved with people of either sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, it can be further defined as an innate, enduring, inherent, and immutable pattern of feelings and behavior in which a person has an affectional, romantic, emotional, spiritual, sensual, and/or sexual affinity or desire for both men and women.

A bisexual person possesses the potential to feel sexually attracted to and to engage in romantic or sexual relationships with people of either sex.

If a person is bisexual, he or she can be attracted to both genders equally, or he or she can be attracted to one gender more than the other, and the degree of attraction may vary over time. So, when entering into an emotional, romantic, or sexual relationship, most bisexuals actually look at the person and not the gender. You might sometimes hear bisexuals described as "going both ways."

 

Bisexual Celebrities

 

Alan Cumming - Actor

Gore Vidal - Writer

Lady Gaga - Musician

Shannon Purser - Actor

Bella Thorne - Actor

Isadora Duncan - Dancer

Angelina Jolie - Actor

Fergie - Musician

Billie Joe Armstrong - Musician

Megan Fox - Actor

John Maynard Keynes - Economist

Bessie Smith - Musician

Shannon Purser - Actor

Debbie Harry - Musician

Frida Kahlo - Artist

Alfred Kinsey - Biologist

Walt Whitman - Writer

Alia Shawkat - Actor

Aubrey Plaza - Comedian

Samantha Irby - Author

 

Jason Mraz - Musician

Auli’i Cravalho - Actor

Halsey - Musician

Alyson Stoner - Musician

Giorgio Armani - Fashion Designer

Greta Garbo - Actor

David Bowie - Musician

Evan Rachael Wood - Actor

Alice Walker - Writer

Amy Winehouse - Musician

Ezra Miller - Actor

Sia - Musician

Lindsay Lohan - Actor

Anna Paquin - Actor

Joan Baez - Musician

Anthony Perkins - Actor

Oscar de la Renta - Fashion Designer

Alec Guinness - Actor

Kyrsten Sinema - Politician

Leonard Bernstein - Musician

Drew Barrymore - Actor

Janis Joplin - Musician

Lilly Singh - Comedian

Andy Dick - Actor

 

Bisexuality in Media

 

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Sexual Fluidity

 

"Are you going to hold me to some outdated binary of sexuality. I'm bisexual. It's not that complicated."

-Michael Guerin, Roswell

 

As an understanding of bisexual behavior developed, other terms have been used to help define bisexuality. Some individuals may describe themselves as "pansexual," "omnisexual," or "heteroflexible." Some individuals may characterize their sexuality as "fluid." One source describes bisexuality as, "the gift to love someone for who they are regardless of gender."

Bisexuals should not be thought of as "sexually confused," "undecided," or "on the fence." Bisexuality is not a transition phase where a person is still trying make up his or her mind or trying to decide whether he or she is gay or straight. Instead, it is separate and distinct sexual orientation. 

 

Wikipedia: What is Bisexuality?

Bi Culture Beyond Cliches and Stereotypes

Bisexuality: Some Questions Answered

Huff Post: Bisexual People Are Not Just Going Through a Phase

LGBTQ Nation: Difference Between Bisexual and Pansexual

The Bi Life: First Bisexual Dating Show

Video: Crazy Interesting Facts About Bisexuality

Bisexual Elders

Info: Sexual Orientation

Stranger Things: Shannon Purser Comes Out as Bisexual

Hollywood's Loud and Proud Bisexual Celebs

Video: Things Not to Say to a Bisexual

Slate: Bisexuality is Really Not That Complicated

PBS Video: Bisexuality

Info: Pansexual

 

 

Bi, Ambi, Poly, Pan, Omni
 

The prefix "bi" means "both."  So, what do bisexuals mean when they describe their sexual orientation as "both"?  Do they mean they are attracted to both sexes?  Do they mean they are attracted to both men and women?  Or are they trying to say that their orientation is both heterosexual and homosexual?  Considering how "both" is defined, bisexuality may not be as binary or as limiting in its label as some critics might think.

 

The prefix "ambi" also means "both."  An ambisexual might simply be using a different term to mean bisexual.  Compare with terms like ambidextrous (both hands) and ambivert (both introvert and extrovert).

 

Or they might be trying to express something deeper. "Ambi" can also be used to mean "ambiguous" or "ambivalence," which conjures such definitions as "no preference" or "double meaning" or "more than one interpretation" or "mixed feelings" or "contradictory."

 

Other sexual orientations that are similar to bisexuality, that attempt to broaden their field of attraction and avoid reliance on a binary, include polysexuality (many), pansexuality (all), and omnisexuality (all).

 

BI Both
AMBI Both
POLY Many
PAN All
OMNI All

 

Bisexual vs Pansexual: What's the Difference?

Outdated Myths Everyone Still Believes About Bisexuality

Video Talk: Coming Out as Bisexual

My Story: Bisexuality is Very Real and Valid

Info: Sexual Identity

Video: How I Knew I was Bisexual

Healthline: Bisexual and Pansexual

Bi Foundation

How to be an Ally to a Bisexual Person

Bisexual Celebrities: It's Not Just a Phase

Video: Five Stages of Bisexuality

 

 

 

Bisexuality Myths

 

Bisexuality is a widely misunderstood sexual orientation about which there are numerous myths and stereotypes. In light of this, it might be helpful to explore some of the key findings that scientists have uncovered about bisexuality that are not only informative, but can also speak to some of the biggest misperceptions about it.

Bisexuality is real, and it’s not the same as being gay or lesbian. A lot of people deny the existence of bisexuality and assume that everyone who identifies as bisexual is secretly gay. However, the results of several studies reveal that bisexuality involves a distinct pattern of sexual interest and arousal compared to homosexuality.

Women are more likely to identify as bisexual than men. The results of several national US surveys have consistently found that more women than men identify as bisexual. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health & Behavior, 2.6% of men identified as bisexual compared to 3.6% of women.

  

 

Bisexuals experience prejudice from heterosexual persons, as well as gays and lesbians. Bisexual persons are frequently the targets of prejudice, particularly bisexual men. They are often stereotyped as being sexually confused and highly promiscuous.

Contrary to common stereotypes, bisexual people do not necessarily have higher sex drives than everyone else. A 2007 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, that featured a sample of over 200,000 participants, revealed that bisexuals have sex drives that are similar to everyone else.

 

If a bisexual person falls in love, they are equally capable of monogamy, just like the rest of society. Bisexuality is not the manifestation of relational cowardice. Bisexuality isn’t a temporary phase. It is a biological phenomenon in the same manner and fashion as heterosexuality.

Being bisexual does not necessarily mean that you are equally attracted to both men and women. Being bisexual involves a capacity for attraction to men and women, but attraction to each sex does not necessarily have to be equally strong.

 

 

Bi Culture Beyond Cliches and Stereotypes

American Institute of Bisexuality

Video: Five Stages of Bisexuality

NY Times Mag: Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists

Cosmo: How to Know If You're Bisexual

Bisexual Celebrities

Huff Post: Bisexual People Are Not Confused or Closeted

Video: Crazy Interesting Facts About Bisexuality

Info: Pansexual

Video: What Does it Mean to Be Sexually Fluid?

Psychology Today: Bisexuality Myths Debunked

Video: Things Not to Say to a Bisexual

Book List: Required Reading for Bisexuals

Hollywood's Loud and Proud Bisexual Celebs

Video Talk: Coming Out as Bisexual

Info: Sexual Orientation

LGBTQ Nation: Difference Between Bisexual and Pansexual

Famous Bisexual People

Video Talk: My Bisexuality Story

American Institute of Bisexuality

 

 

Random Thoughts on Bisexuality

 

"I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted (romantically and/or sexually) to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree."

-Robyn Ochs

 

“Freud's most radical legacy is the one that is the least actualized. After years of evolution on the topic, he came to the conclusion that any exclusive monosexual interest (regardless of whether it was heterosexual or homosexual) was neurotic. In a sense Freud is saying what second-wave critic Kate Millet said a half-century late: Homosexuality was invented by a straight world dealing with its own bisexuality. By the end of his writings, in 1937, Freud was downright blythe about bisexuality: Every human being's libido is distributed, either in a manifest or a latent fashion, over objects of both sexes.”
-Jennifer Baumgardner, Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics

“People sometimes tell me that they're baffled by bisexuality. They are convinced that having sex with women is totally different from having sex with men. But it isn't. No more than having sex with anyone is totally different from having sex with anyone else.”
-Ariel Levy, The Rules Do Not Apply

“Whether it's men or women, it doesn't really matter. The human race is filled with passion and lust. And to coin terms like heterosexuality, homosexuality or even bisexuality makes no sense to me. You are human. You love who you love. That should be enough. No labels. No stigmas. Nothing. Just be to be.”
-Krista Ritchie, Kiss the Sky

 

American Institute of Bisexuality

NY Times Mag: Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists

PBS Video: Bisexuality

Huff Post: Bisexual People Are Not Just Going Through a Phase

Info: Pansexual

Psychology Today: Bisexuality Myths Debunked

Video: How I Knew I was Bisexual

NBC News: Bisexual Women With Straight Male Partners Least Likely to Come Out

Cosmo: How to Know If You're Bisexual

Bisexual Youth More Likely to Be Bullied and Commit Suicide

Bi Foundation

Video: Bisexual Spectrum Explained

TED Talk: Bisexual Invisibility

Book List: Required Reading for Bisexuals

Advocate: How to Make Bisexuals Invisible No More

Famous Bisexual People

 

 

Many Gays and Lesbians Still Don't Believe Male Bisexuality Is Real

New research has provided evidence that systematic biases exist in how we perceive female and male bisexuality. Researchers found that bisexual men were more likely to be viewed as being attracted to men more than women, while the same was not true for bisexual women. They were viewed as being equally attracted to men and women.

Published in the European Journal of Social Psychology earlier this year, the study’s authors write that the findings, “add to the understanding of the unique bias bisexual people face by showing that perceived attraction patterns may underlie the labeling of bisexual men as ‘actually gay.’

An analysis conducted by the research team also found that heterosexual, lesbian, and gay participants all perceived bisexual men as more attracted to men than to women.

 


“My research interests usually come from something I observe in real life and that was the case here, too. I’m part of the LGBTQ community myself and so are a lot of my friends and one thing I noticed often was that people often don’t believe that bisexual people are actually bisexual,” explained the study’s lead author Thekla Morgenroth, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter and incoming assistant professor of psychology at Purdue University.

They told PsyPost, “There is also research to back this up, showing that bisexual people are stereotyped as confused or that bisexuality is not a real sexual identity. What I found particularly interesting, however, was that this denial of bisexual identities seemed to take different forms for women and men. (I should say here that there are of course also non-binary bisexual people but for the purpose of this study, we just focused on women and men.)”

Morgenroth said that when a woman identifies as bisexual, people think they are actually straight and “maybe experimenting a little bit.” However, when a man identifies as bisexual people believe he just hasn’t come out as gay. They explained that in both cases people are prone to think bisexual people are more attracted to men.

 



The study involved 787 participants who told the research was examining online dating. The participants were shown a profile of a person who identified as bisexual. The viewer indicated if the person profiled favored men or women more.

“One surprising finding was that we didn’t find evidence for erasure of female bisexuality,” Morgenroth told PsyPost. “That might be an indication that female bisexuality is more accepted, but it’s important to keep in mind that this might also just be a reflection of our specific methodology.

A limitation to the study, according to Morgenroth, was that the researchers couldn’t explain why bisexual men were thought to be more attracted to men than women.

[Source: Alex Cooper, Advocate, Sept 2021]

 

Hollywood's Loud and Proud Bisexual Celebs

Bi Culture Beyond Cliches and Stereotypes

Bisexual Erasure: What It Is, Why It’s a Threat to Health, How to Put an End to It
Why Bisexual Erasure Hurts Us All
Accelerating Bi Acceptance
Info: Sexual Identity

Cosmo: How to Know If You're Bisexual

Video Talk: My Bisexuality Story

Bisexual vs Pansexual: What's the Difference?

Huff Post: Bisexual People Are Not Just Going Through a Phase

NY Times Mag: Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists

TED Talk: Bisexual Invisibility

PBS Video: Bisexuality

LGBTQ Nation: Difference Between Bisexual and Pansexual

Video: Five Stages of Bisexuality

Psychology Today: Bisexuality Myths Debunked

Bi Foundation

Video: How I Knew I was Bisexual

Bisexual Youth More Likely to Be Bullied and Commit Suicide

Info: Sexual Orientation

Video: Bisexual Spectrum Explained

Advocate: How to Make Bisexuals Invisible No More

 

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