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Understanding bisexuality

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Different sexual orientations

Bisexuals have the capacity to form attraction and /or relationships to more than one gender. Some might argue bisexuality reinforces gender binary, as ‘bi' refers to ‘two', as in two genders. However, bisexuality has always referred to more than one gender and the current definition is not specifically binary.
Pansexuality is an attraction to people regardless of their gender. Some may use the words bisexual and pansexual interchangeably.

Other ways to identify

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Queer: An identity that expands outside of hetereosexuality

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Omnisexual: Someone who is attracted to people of all genders, gender plays an important part of attraction

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Abrosexual: Someone whose sexual attraction is fluid and constantly changing

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Skoliosexual: Someone who is attracted to transgender and non-binary people

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Fluid: Someone who experiences changes in their sexual attraction over time and/or depending on the situation

Romantic orientations

Terms to describe romantic orientations might be important for asexual people who experience little to no sexual attraction. Many asexual people desire romantic relationships, and this is a way for aces to communicate who they prefer to date/ form relationships with.
Examples include ‘biromantic' and ‘panromantic'. LGBTQ+ young people who do not identify as asexual may use romantic orientations to clarify the nuances of their orientation.

Do we need labels?

Because we live in a society where everyone is assumed to be straight and cis, finding the right words to label yourself can be an act of liberation. Labels can also help connect people to one another, allowing them to feel less alone. Labels also allow researchers to study marginalised groups, allowing us to better understand these groups.
But to others, labels can feel restrictive. It's okay to explore different labels, or avoid labels.

Why it's important to support bisexual youth

All LGBTQ+ people are at a higher risk of experiencing negative mental health outcomes than their heterosexual/ cis peers. They are also more likely to be bullied at school/ face sexual assault.
There needs to be more public understanding and support for bisexual youths.

Do I have to be equally attracted to both genders?

A bisexual does not have to be equally attracted to more than one gender identity. It's common for bisexuals to prefer one gender over another, and this preference changes over time.
Some bisexuals feel romantic feelings towards one gender but physical attraction towards another. Take your time to identify what you're feeling- there is no rush.

How do I know if I'm really bisexual?

A person does not need to have a physical experience with someone else to understand who they're attracted to. Sexual orientation describes way more than physical attraction - it includes our romantic, emotional, mental and/ or spiritual attraction to other people too.
Think about the crushes you've had, and who you fantasise being with.
Bisexual people do not need to have had equal sexual experiences with both men and women.

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