Bisexuality is any attraction to people of more than one gender.
Pansexuality is the attraction to people based on personality rather than attraction based on people’s genitals.
Monosexuality is the attraction to just one gender. Monosexism includes gay and straight while polysexuality, poly meaning many, is anything outside of gay and straight.
Queer used to be most commonly used as derogatory term for someone who is gay. Now it is being taken back as an identity for people who are gay, bisexual+, or do not fit within the gender binary.
Biphobia is the fear and hate of bisexuals. Examples of biphobia include:
One big misconception about biphobia is that only straight people can be biphobic. Actually, some of the worst biphobia comes from within the LGBT community, especially from gays and lesbians.
Bisexual+ erasure is the act of excluding, ignoring, or erasing the bisexual community. Some forms of bisexual erasure include:
Bierasure makes bi+ acceptance harder to obtain, leaves bisexuals without positive representation, and makes support for bisexuals harder to find.
Bisexuals face serious issues. Bisexuals are more likely than both straight and gay people to experience:
If you have been attracted to people of more than one gender then you are bisexual. Keep in mind that this attraction can be romantic, sexual, emotional, sensual, intellectual, or aesthetic. You also can be attracted to two or more genders in different degrees; attraction does not have to be equal.
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.
Gender is not a binary, meaning there aren’t only two options of men and women. Some people identify as neither male or female while some people identify as both. Basically, what genitals you have don’t have to identify who you are as a person.
If you are in the US here is a map of bisexual groups check out this map.
Facebook and Meetup are also great resources. If there isn’t a bisexual support/ social group in your area start one! We can help. Just email us at PAVESnonprofit@gmail.com.
Bisexual+ encompasses all sexual orientations that are outside gay and straight.
Bisexual is about sexual attraction while biromantic is about romantic attraction. Biromantics experience romantic attraction to more than one gender.