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What Does It Mean To Be Bisexual?

September 21, 2022

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There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be bisexual. Some people think that being bisexual means that you are equally attracted to both men and women. Others think that being bisexual is just a phase that people go through. The truth is, there is no single definition of what it means to be bisexual. Instead, there is a whole spectrum of identities under the bisexual umbrella.

Here are some of the most common Bi+ identities:

  • Bisexual: Attracted to two genders (usually male and female)
  • Omnisexual: Attracted to all genders
  • Panromantic: Romantically attracted to all genders
  • Pansexual: Sexually attracted to all genders
  • Bi-curious: Someone who is curious about exploring the same-sex attraction
  • Demisexual: Only sexually attracted to someone after developing an emotional bond
  • Fluid: One's attractions can change over time
  • Queer: A term often used by people who do not identify with any specific label

The reason why there is no single definition of what it means to be bisexual is that everyone experiences their unique combination of attractions, romantic feelings, and sexual desires. Just like everyone else, bisexual people are complex human beings with their own needs and preferences. And just like everyone else, bisexual people deserve to be respected and loved for exactly who they are.

Stereotypes About Bisexuality

Even though bisexuality is a perfectly valid way to experience attraction, there are still a lot of harmful stereotypes about bisexuality that need to be challenged. For example, some people think that being bisexual means that you are promiscuous or prone to cheating. Others think that you are confused or indecisive. These stereotypes are not only hurtful, but they're also completely untrue.

The Truth About Bisexuality

Bisexuality is simply a matter of attraction—it does not define who you are as a person. Whether you identify as omnisexual, pansexual, queer, or anything else on the spectrum, know that there is nothing wrong with you—you are exactly who you're supposed to be. And always remember that you deserve love and respect, just like everyone else.

Questions & Answers About Bisexuality

People often have questions about bisexuality—especially if they've never experienced same-sex attraction before. Here are some of the most common questions about bisexuality, along with their answers.

Question #1: Do I Have To Be Attracted To Men AND Women To Be Bisexual?

Answer: No, you do not have to be equally attracted to both men and women to be considered bisexual. Most people who identify as bisexual tend to be more attracted to one sex than the other. For example, someone might be primarily attracted to women but occasionally find themselves attracted to men as well. As long as you experience any degree of same-sex attraction, you can consider yourself part of the bi+ community!

Question #2: Is Being Bisexual Just A Phase?

Answer: No, being bisexual is not just a phase. Sexual orientation is not something that anyone can choose—it's an innate part of who we are. Whether you've known since childhood or only realized recently, your bisexuality is a core part of your identity that will remain with you for your entire life.

Question #3: Do I Have To Come Out As Bisexual?

Answer: No! You never have to come out as anything—sexual orientation is personal information that belongs entirely to you. You get to decide whether or when (or if) you want to share this information with others. And even if you do choose to come out eventually, know that it's OKAY if it takes time for you to get there—there is no rushing the process!

Question #4: Will I Know If I'm Bisexual? How Will I Know?

Answer: Yes! You will know if you're bisexual—attraction is something that we feel in our hearts and our gut instinctually. Trust your gut—if something feels right for you, then it probably is!

Question #5: I Don't Think I Can Be Bisexual Because I've Never Had A Same-Sex Relationship Before… Is That True?

Answer: No! You don't need to have had any kind of sexual experience with someone of the same gender to know that you're bisexual. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with what type of sexual experiences you've had in the past—it's solely based on whom you are attracted to.

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Kollyn Conrad

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