Bisexual individuals are sexually and romantically attracted to people of the opposite gender and people of the same gender. Bisexuals can be male or female.
The term bisexual emerged in the 19th century, but people have always been attracted to both genders. In many cultures, bisexuality was seen as a natural expression of sexuality. Ancient Greece is often cited as an example of a culture that accepted and expected bisexuality.
Though bisexuality is often assumed to be a "stage," or a stepping stone on the way to being gay or lesbian, it is a sexual orientation in its own right.
People who are bisexual may feel equally attracted to both genders, or they be more attracted to one than the other. Bisexuals may have relationships with both genders, just one, or neither.
Bisexuals face many of the same legal issues as gay men and lesbians. However, some issues, will only affect a person who is involved with a partner of the same gender. Here are some issues that might affect bisexuals:
- Same-sex marriage.
- Second partner adoption, inheritance rights, and protection from sexual harassment.
- Adhering to the military's don't ask, don't tell policy.
The organization Lambda Legal has more information on legal issues affecting bisexuals.
Many bisexuals come out in their teens or twenties, and bisexual teens have many more support networks today than ever before. Unfortunately, many bisexual teens still face harassment and discrimination at school and from their families.
Another issue for bisexual teens is that it can be difficult to meet other bisexual teens for friendships and relationships. Using trusted internet sites, and contacting your closest GLBT community centers can be a good way to meet others.
There are a lot of famous bisexuals. Here are just a few:
- Christina Aguilera
- David Bowie
- Josephine Baker
- Sandra Bernhard
- Sarah Bernhardt
- John Cheever
- Margaret Cho
- Andy Dick
- Ani DiFranco
- Greta Garbo
- Jusy Garland
- Angelina Jolie
- Frida Kahlo
- Alfred Kinsey
- D.H. Lawrence
- Anthony Rapp
- Tila Tequila
Getting Help & Information:
There are many organizations that serve young bisexuals, and it is often helpful to know where to go for information and support.