Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction , or sexual behavior toward both males and females,   or to more than one sex or gender. The term bisexuality is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both men and women,    and the concept is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation along with heterosexuality and homosexuality , all of which exist on the heterosexual-homosexual continuum. A bisexual identity does not necessarily equate to equal sexual attraction to both sexes; commonly, people who have a distinct but not exclusive sexual preference for one sex over the other also identify themselves as bisexual. Scientists do not know the exact cause of sexual orientation, but they theorize that it is caused by a complex interplay of genetic , hormonal , and environmental influences ,    and do not view it as a choice. Bisexuality has been observed in various human societies  and elsewhere in the animal kingdom    throughout recorded history. The term bisexuality , however, like the terms hetero- and homosexuality , was coined in the 19th century. Bisexuality is romantic or sexual attraction to both males and females.
I was very comfortable identifying as bisexual then. I had crushes galore, and gender felt irrelevant to my attractions. Sure, people mistook me for a lesbian and hurled associated slurs at me, but I felt solid in my bisexuality.
When I later started dating a man, though, I felt a significant shift. Suddenly, my peers questioned my queerness. You eventually have to choose. For many years after that, I dated cis men almost exclusively, mostly as a result of convenience.
I still identified as bisexual, because I had crushes, went on dates with, and hooked up with people of various genders. But the love interests who tended to stick, who wanted me most, were cis men. I was even engaged to one before I graduated from college!
When Lianna Walden's husband came out to her as bisexual, she was not expecting that to improve their relationship. When I married I knew that my partner had partaken in sexual experiences with men In terms of relationships and sexual health, bi women experience higher risks of sexual assault and intimate partner violence than lesbians and heterosexual women. They also have a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and bisexual teens face higher rates of pregnancy. Yasmin Owis, a research assistant and PhD student at the University of Toronto (UofT), identifies Bisexual stigma may have consequences for the identity development, relationships, and health of bisexual men. However, there is some research that highlights the positive experiences and resiliency of this population. Future research should include bisexual men as an independent group and, in particular, attention should be paid to be more inclusive of bisexual men who experience marginalization as a
Eventually, this led me in the opposite direction of what you might assume: My sexual boredom and sometimes even disgust with the men I dated led me to believe I was, and always had been, super gay after all. So, in my early 20s, I threw myself in a new direction and got deeply involved in my local queer community. I dated only women for a few years, identified as a lesbian, started a blog for queer femmes, and eventually got into a long-term, live-in relationship with a woman.
I came out anew-only to be shocked when I later fell for a man all over again. It took years for me to realize that sexual fluidity the experience of sexual identity as flowing and fluctuating is legitimate. Maybe she recognized her attraction to others later in life and is, at that point, in a monogamous life partnership already. Maybe her city, family, or culture is conservative, and living her life authentically could be dangerous to her.
She knows in her heart where her attractions lie, but her experience betrays that. Is she bisexual? Popularized by Brent A.
Satterly, Ph. Suddenly, the puzzle pieces of trying to understand my own sexuality fell into place.
Most of my romantic and sexual behavior has been with cis men and cis women, but not all of it, and I choose not to actively go out of my way to date particularly cis men. I identify as bisexual and pansexual interchangeably because those words describe my experience of attraction to all genders; I also identify as queer, particularly politically.
It can look like making a conscious choice to date one group of people over another, despite broader attraction.
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It can look perfectly portioned with equal experience across genders. Or, like with my own experience, bisexuality can look like shifting external behavior with a static orientation. SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional. Thank you. Thank you very muchThis helped alotYou pretty much put all my feelings in words which I had been hesistant for soooo many years. The story seems to be minemost of it atleast. And as someone who just came out to some, it gives me confidence, brought me peace.
I have been over thinking so much after i came out to my friends and husband and i felt i may not have done with right thing. But I know i am finally true to myself and your story makes me feel so goodAlso. this is the first time I am writing in a forum about me. Love is a Wonderful Phenomenon!!!
Thanks for the essay and for all the wonderful comments! It is helping me out now. My wife of 20 years just admitted to herself that she is bisexual and let me know, too. I knew from the beginning that she had dated a woman in college, and that she had several boyfriends before we met at age But ever since we me, she has adamantly denied that she is bi- or finds women sexually exciting, though I sometimes caught her blushing at other woman or staring a bit too long as somebody walked by.
Probably as a result of this self-deception and denial, in part, sexuality has been a source of tension for us. Of course she was worried about how I would react - there is a lot at stake. Instead of creating more stress between us, it is opening up a genuine dialogue and level of emotional intimacy that we have never felt.
Sure, I find other women attractive, fantasize about them - and I would never, ever compromise our marriage by acting on any impulses.
Just because she has admitted to liking women does not make her need to explore extramarital relations. Even though I suspected all these years, she is telling me that her self-identity has changed significanlty. But with my best friend, lover, and confidant of 20 years.
So I hope we both will lean into her authenticity, and find some ways to explore her open bisexuality within our monogamous relationship. Could be fun, right?! Again, thanks for the essay, thanks for the comments. Very comforting to know there are so many others who have worked through this process. Hope you are all doing well in this very difficult year. This article is exactly how I have been feeling.
I have fantasized about women all my life and have kissed female friends before but I have always been with men. When I first went to university I was open that I was attracted to women but I met and fell in love with a man and we were together for 5 years.
I was heartbroken when he ended the relationship but I was excited at a chance to meet a woman. I was starting to talk about this with my friend who is bi and was going to sign up to a dating app to meet women when I met my now husband.
We have been together for four years and have a son together. I always wanted a family and I think that was a big part of why I persuded serious relationships with men. We are mostly happy together but I feel jealous when I see female couples and I often fantasize about being in a relationship with a woman.
Sometimes I wonder if I would be happier with a woman and this scares me. I want to make this work for my son and I do love my husbandd eventhough we have been having a harder time recently. This has been an incredibly validating post to read. But I also have no desire to leave my current relationship. Thank you for sharing your story I to have had those feelings and for many years I thought the same way. But for the past few years that feeling has gotten stronger.
Any advice? Well I am in my 20s and I was 1 when I finally realized that I AM BISEXUAL. I know most of people would deny the fact of them being bi but eventually you will have to realize it. Yes to this. Thanks to people who came out as gay and queer who have helped change the culture to this point where those of us who felt constricted into a certain way of loving are now able to let ourselves feel what we really feel. Thank you for your story. I knew I was bi in my early 20s even though I have never kissed or been with a woman.
I squashed it down as there was no way for me to express it. maybe one day I will too. Thank you for this post, a lot of it really resonated with me. I went to a therapist who suggested that I should consider not telling her, but keeping the secret was so oppressive that I was becoming seriously depressed and it was causing a huge rift in our marriage.
Three nights ago I finally told her. This is a beautiful Article. Absolutely real, honest, and so incredibly relevant to me. FINALLY, I hear a voice I can relate to as a 55 year old man happily married to a wonderful cis straight woman and hopelessly attracted to people of both and other sexes. Thank you for writing this.
Thank you for helping me feel a little more understood. This made me quiet emotional. I finally had to admit to myself that I am indeed attracted to women 2 years ago when my partner and I temporarily separated and I found myself debilitated by a crush on a woman coworker. Take care.
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I was worried about judgement about having not been with a girl so this was so refreshing and nice to read. What a beautiful heartwarming story to read made even better by the comments of those people within this community.
No matter our skin, colour or our sexual orientation were all human beings. LGBT has defiantly changed over the years and for the better I must say. Well unfortunately the great majority of women nowadays are either Gay Or Bi, but never totally straight.
No woman is simple, nothing about a woman is simple. Please embrace the beauty and color, and joy and diversity of whatever sexuality people choose for themselves, including your own, which which appears to be wonderfully straight. As a yo woman to a man, thank you for this post. Hi Yvette!
Thanks for asking for an ate! Nothing materially has changed since this essay was published per my bisexuality, I mean; obviously, the world has changed a LOT. My husband and I are still together, still monogamous and mostly doing well the isolation and being constantly stuck together is rough, but with ups and downs pulling through. Sometimes I get kind of restless and wonder about opening our marriage, and who knows! Maybe someday.
Maybe not. Generally I feel content. I wish that for everyone. But the large majority of people have been supportive and lovely. I wish for that, too, for everyone. So, my wife occasionally has a relationship with a woman. Some times being with a woman sexually is just something she needs to have.
She could have a girlfriend that is a real mess to her our life; never has. Throughout this though, our marriage comes first. I am 0 and married to a man for the last 4 years, together for 8. He makes me happy. Last year I realised that I am bisexual. Like you I was raised in a very conservative religious environment and so I ignored all thought of me being bisexual, despite being attracted to women from an early age and men too. Thank you for writing this article, it spoke to me on many many levels.
Thank you! Came out to a friend first and then next day to my husband on our anniversary. Both were wonderful and almost everything about your story resonates with me.
I am Bi! I am 1 and married and have only told one friend but I hope I can have the courage to accept myself and tell others. Inspired by your story. Kitty, I literally have the same story, except I was only married for two years before that.
I came out to a close friend who I knew would be there and really support me no matter how my husband reacted I knew that he was a kind person, but I also knew it might be a lot to handle for him and it was still scary as hell and then the next morning I told my husband.
He was so kind and it made me love him even more for it. Thank you for sharing your story. Ive been with my husband for pretty much half of my life. I love him with all my heart and I recently became a mother which makes my life complete.
My mother would tell me if a bisexual was mentioned that being bisexual is the absolute worse because they are just horny individuals who want everyone. So I never told anyone. Thank you for your amazing article. Your story sounds like minegrowing up in a conservative Christian household and so on. I just want to say thank you for this. I came out to myself three months ago, and I am also in a happy heterosexual marriage.
Coming out to my husband was easy, he had known I was bi before I knew myself. He laughed and smiled when I told him, and then we laughed together! I grew up in a similar fashion, conservative religious in a rural state, and was told being LGBTQ was a sin. I convinced myself, much like you did, that my crushes on women was just admiration. I recently met an openly bisexual woman where I realized for the first time that I did indeed have a crush on her.
I came out to my wife, three adult children and gay friends this past winter at age I told her No, I love her. That was it. So the most difficult encounter was with myself for 65 years. Haylie, this was one of the best readings I had in quite a while.
I was, in fact, in need of this. I grew up in religious environment and sexuality was never an issue I was born a guy, I was destined to grow up, find a girl and get married. And there was just no space to questioning it because it was so natural. Question the way that I grew up, question the veiled rejection of homosexuality.
Question the way that I tolerate discrimination to the LGBTQ people. I told my wife of twelve years of my distant past gay relationships right at the beginning of our dating without labelling myself, or her asking for a label. I love her so much and am very committed to our monogamy. I told her I was OK with that and I would support her in anyway I could.
Please help me understand this I care about her more than she knows. Was I wrong in telling her I was OK with it. You are OK with it. You were right to tell her that. And there are many, many, many reasons that a person would push away another person that have nothing to do with sexual orientation.
You deserve someone who wants to draw you near. If someone wants space, you know what they want - space. I hope you take good care of yourself and treat yourself and others with kindness and respect during times like this. For those women who are in a hetero relationship with cis men and successfully shared your feelings with your husbands-how did you navigate those conversations?
Well, now he seems pretty freaked out. And I want to figure out a way to be both open about this and reassure him any advice or resources would be greatly appreciated.
BB, I just came out to my husband. I was really open with him but I also offered that he should be open with me, if he ever has any concerns or thoughts or questions in general, I want him to come straight to me.
We are really open with each other. I think the best policy is being honest, but also knowing that you have had time to process it, so how it is his turn to process and you should now be there for him in order to make your relationship work in a way that you will both be happy with. As I can see from all of these other comments, I am not alone. Although I experimented in college, I never felt comfortable calling myself bi because I was dismissed by so many people as curious or confused.
It is very scary even to type anonymously. I worry that it will make people question my relationship. I also realize that I need to be open with my partner so I can live fully as myself in our relationship. Thank you for sharing your experience. This post means so much to me. Opening up to your partner is really hard, but in the end, if he really loves you he will accept you for you. He has his own feelings, but if you make him feel comfortable to open up to you about it, it will make things much better.
I told my husband after two years of marriage, and I am so relieved I did. Let yourself process it and decide what you need to do. It is your relationship, your sexuality and your choice. Do what feels right for you. A heartfelt thank you for this post. I have been looking for stories like this about bisexuals, stories that mirror my own experience and make me feel less different and alone.
Thank you thank you thank you. When my husband and I had been dating in college, I turned to him one night bearing a major confession:. I felt like I had been struggling with that for years and had only put a label to it in the previous months.
I want to share how much I love this post and how it resonates deeply for me.
I also love the comments. This concept of cking our privilege is a noble one that calls on us to be more sensitive and responsible members of society. But it really harms us when it takes away our ability to process and reflect on our experiences as individuals, off of the world stage. But there are women in the world without proper resources for menstrual hygiene supplies at all.
I stress about the limited and not so awesome options I have for public school for my children where I live- while there are literally children in cages on the border. A gay woman of color in this country likely faces far more hardship than the author does. But her counterpart in some parts of the world faces challenges that are nearly insurmountable- quite likely risking death.
Holy shit! It is mind boggling- and it is so important to remember all of this! I tried to say something similar in the comments below but you articulated it much more clearly. I am curious as to how many straight-identifying women on here truly believe that they have never once felt any attraction, curiosity, fantasy, etc towards another woman.
I mean if they honestly took away their religious beliefs, the stigma, the family opinions, politics, etc.? T, I definitely agree with your last line. Though primal could mean animalistic, abusive or subjugating, it can also mean just honestly acting on a nice urge. One given to us by The One. I mean, how can you look at. a picture of two men kissing, two women kissing, or a man and a woman kissing and not think it is all beautiful. Even more than kissing, looking into each others faces with longing and excitement.
And please hurry! Beautifully written. It takes hard conversations and logistics are not easy I have a toddler! but far easier than living with a deep unmet needs and regret. Ohhhh thank you for this! Was married to a man for 12 years and then, after our marriage ended, met a woman who I am marrying in a couple of months.
In college I was attracted to and had sexual experiences with both men and women. an honest question, not a judgement.
I have this same question.
So many people say they felt relief in telling their supportive partner about their bisexuality, but I worry that it will cause harm in a relationship I have no desire to disrupt. Especially since I have no intention of becoming non-monogamous or seeking out relationships with women. It mattered to me even before I opened up my relationship because it felt like part of my identity that I wanted to be out about.
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I wanted to go to queer spaces. I wanted to be in queer community. My identity is not my relationship status.
And I want to be able to embrace and express that with my partner! So, to me and I recognize this is not true for everyone it was important to come out and express and enjoy that part of myself! And find others to connect to in the community. She knows I am bi because I was clear about that when I met her but once we committed to being monogamous that is pretty much a non-topic.
It also sounds like many are pursuing some form of open relationships. Why did you tell your partner about your bisexuality? Did any of you not tell? I am a bisexual woman and have been married to a hetero man for a long time.
I have known under the surface that I am bisexual for many years, but have only recently completely admitted to myself that my feelings and urges are real and have a name. Not my husband, not my best friend, not my therapist, not anyone. It feels like telling will only do harm, but it would be such a relief to not be carrying this secret alone. Have any of you dealt with this stuck place?
The day after my 1st birthday, I came out as bisexual but not to my husband, family or friends. That would happen later. First, I had to come out to myself. Growing up in a socially conservative religion, I was taught that sex was reserved for monogamously married men and women. "Same-sex attraction" was contrary to God's plan. I didn't know any openly LGBTQ people until I was in my teens, and even ? Welcome to the best bisexual dating for more bi friends when you are seeking some bi women and men for dating now,just come to the bi encounter for more bisexual wife and husband and find love or romance now,Welcome to find some bi friends in the soccerlockermb.com and find love. Here you can get more love when you are alone,just find the best bi women and men,meet the younger or Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or to more than one sex or gender. It may also be defined as romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity, which is also known as pansexuality. The term bisexuality is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both
Have any of you decided to keep your secret? Have any of you regretted telling your partner? Thanks so much for being out there.
This giant comments section is a relief. So in the past year, once I admitted to myself this part of who I am, I tried to sort it out on my own, privately. When I was ready, I told him. I had practiced being honest with myself in this deep way, so I took the risk to practice being this deep and honest with him. Oh, W. I do want to give you a big hug. You are not alone. I wish I had insight to share with you - and I hope others do, including maybe the author.
I have no experience with this either, so take this advice with a grain of salt. Maybe start with your therapist first? If you tell your best friend before your husband, then it might come out that you told a friend before him, and that might feel like a betrayal and worse - he might assume you have feelings for your best friend. More than anything, I just hope that you give as much credence and respect to your own feelings as you are to his.
Sending you love! Hi W, I am bi and married to a woman. My wife knew about my sexuality from the get-go but she is of the opinion that being bi is on the road to being gay. So in her mind I am now gay we have been married for 10 years. The only real time it would come into play again in my life is if I were to find myself singe widowed or divorced.
Truly I think we are all on the spectrum of sexuality and as our society becomes more and more accepting we will find that all humans have various attractions to various people with various gender identities. i love the comments section here. i am a woman married to a man and recently realized i am bi. my husband knows i have been with women in the past we were friends before dating and in came up.
years ago, maybe 10, i was having drinks with a friend, who had seen me kiss a woman while out a few weeks before. she asked if i had ever been with woman and i said yes. big NO from me! short story, i am married to a man.
i am attracted to both men and women but up until now was a afraid to call myself bi. and no i do not want to sleep with you. Oh, my goodness you described my situation to a T, My husband is my best friend we are a united front we have been married for a very long time.
When you see him you see me and vice-versa. I want to tell him so bad that I crave the touch and the emotional connection of a woman and it is not because our sex is not amazing I just love the things that I can do with a woman long before things become sexual. If I were to tell him that It would destroy my year- old marriage without a doubt I would be embarrassed, and ostracized by my children and family for ating especially if it led to divorce.
and with a woman that would be like adding gas to a burning fire. I would never show up at another family reunion. That is the first thing he would ask me If I have ated? I would not lie. My husband could care less if it were a man or a woman.
ating is ating. I would never with a man.
I have been a good girl over five years But I am going crazy and on the prowl It saddens me but I can never tell, but if he figures it out I will never lie. THANK YOU FOR THIS SO MUCH!
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I feel like I could have written this myself. But exploring my own sexuality and coming to terms with the whole part of who I am is so important-it reframes so many of my experiences growing up. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this article. Loving a woman has changed me for the better. Being able to explore and experience and embrace the full range of my sexuality has changed me for the better.
Wishing everyone out there the self-awareness and acceptance to believe that what you want - all of the things you want - matter. Thank you again for your words. Thank you for this! I am bisexual and also married to a man, and bi-erasure is so, so real. Plus this pervasive idea that all bisexual folks are polyamorous or just plain aters.
It also took me a long time to come out to myself, and I identify with some of your experiences. Coming in rather late to say how much I appreciate the acceptance of having, embracing, and articulating sexual desires while remaining in a monogamous marriage. I was very nearly wrecked by a person who took every desire to a physical conclusion - as if it were dishonorable not to - and then lied about it in the context of what I thought was a monogamous relationship.
I think your criticism is misplaced. She identifies as bi not gay. She explicitly stated she is happy in her marriage and loves her husband. This is not so different then someone marrying their first relationship at a young age and then lamenting the other relationships that were not explored as a result even though they are happy in their marriage.
Similarly, marrying a man as a bi women is not a betrayal. How does that make sense? Who one chooses to love is x deeply personal decision which should not carry with it external pressure. That is as equally harmful as the pressure she felt growing up to not acknowledge her bisexuality.
I tried to post a dissenting comment here, too, and it was deleted. we welcome respectful discourse and debate, and you will see that many, many posts including this one have debates about every topic under the sun, and we really encourage and appreciate people having different opinions and learning from each other.
hope that makes sense. thank you! Thank you for the response, Joanna. I do understand and respect your guidelines for this space. I am a big fan of your blog my favorites are Beauty Uniforms-yea!
Gay sexual practices are sexual activities involving men who have sex with men (MSM), regardless of their sexual orientation or sexual identity. Evidence shows that sex between men is significantly underreported in surveys due to social desirability bias "Someone who is bisexual acknowledges in themselves the potential to be attracted - romantically, emotionally and/or sexually - to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time Bisexuality is more complicated than that, of course. Like her sister identities, such as pansexuality and omnisexuality, bisexuality implies an attraction to multiple (or all) genders. The
A new one today and the home tours. Thanks again for responding and clarifying. This is lovely. I appreciate the insight. My son at age 10 told me he likes boys and girls - I was like ok.
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Honestly, bi-sexuality had confused me. He loves everyone.
You seem like a pretty cool parent, and he seems like a pretty cool kid. Nina, queer person here!
I wish there were more parents like you. I struggled for years with how to come out to my parents, and it created so much distance between us.
I am married to a wonderful bisexual man. He came out to me when we started dating. I am very proud to be married to one. That is awesome MK. I have read a bunch of comments about supportive husbands but unfortunately there is a stigma attad to bi men more so than bi women.
Haylie, I can relate to so much of this. I came out fairly recently, in my lates, and I had many many men in my life before that. Despite having enjoyed sex with men, I now feel gay, rather than bisexual. But then again, do labels really matter, is it really black and white? It makes me so happy to hear when other people had their realisation, and finally read the point of being fully them and free.
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It is the best thing : so congratulations and thanks for sharing xx. Same here I still remember my mum watching me suspiciously when I gave a third glance towards a girl I found attractive when I was in my teens. Gay was also portrait as something foreign something that exists but has nothing to do with you.
I too have been with men for most of my life and even at some point started to dislike women perhaps because I could never be with one. And then after 10 years of stable fairly good heterosexual relationship encouraged by lesbians I met in my life by neighbours lesbians too by gay friends I realised that I am too bisexual.
I asked my partner once while drunk to try with a woman got a green light but felt strange about it. I opened up more freely to my dear friend and started to be nice and even flirty towards women. Still deeply sadden by being in a strange position.
I recently lost my libido at age of 2 and feel lost. I can day dream and imagine being with a women and thinking life would be easier that way. I get angry and frustrated by men and never look at them anymore as sexual objects. Interestingly recently i also started to sense that gay women I meet can feel without words that I am too an interested party.
Very interesting and frustrating time of my life must say:. Absolutely relate to this sentiment, Ellie. I believe almost everyone is somewhere along the spectrum of sexuality and not definitively at one end or the other. Part of that is because no one is attracted to EVERY PERSON among the gender of folks they typically are attracted to. Labels may work for some people, but are inherently flawed! I think this is true for most people! What a joy to read!
There are so many of us! TBH I have a hard time with sexual identities in general.
1. Being bisexual means different things to different people Many people use "bisexual" as the umbrella term for any form of attraction to two or more genders. But ask a few people about what being
I think if you were to take the stigma out of sexuality we would all be labeled as bi or human. As a woman who identifies as bi married to a woman who identifies as gay but fantasizes about men I truly feel that we are all bi, hetero, gay, a-sexual, etc at different points in our lives.
Resounding agreement! You worded my thoughts perfectly! I had this conversation yesterday. I am dating another man who is non-monogamous and both he and his wife identify as bi. Because I am. And I believe a lot of people who do not identify as gay fall along the bisexual spectrum.