Licensed Therapist Answers “Am I Bisexual?”
Today, we answer a common client question:“Am I bisexual”
How do you know if you are bisexual?
We wish there was a clear answer that could be used for everyone, and there is not. We are all unique and special in what we desire. What I will share is what I have learned from my education, my experience, and my private practice. Please consider these as some general questions to reflect on if you are wondering if you are bisexual.
What is Bisexuality?
Stereotypically, the definition of bisexuality is being sexually attracted to “both” genders (ex. Men and women). Some would say it would be attracted to cisgender men and women and someone would include transgender individuals in this as well.
Cisgender is someone whos sex assigned at birth “matches” their gender presentation and/or expression (ex. Someone with a penis identifying as male).
Transgender is someone whos sex assigned at birth does not “match” their gender expression and/or presentation (ex. Someone born with a vagina who identifies, dresses, and lives as a man.. because he is).
I think it is important to note that there is conflict within the bisexual community regarding whether or not transgender individuals should be included.
Unsolicited opinion: if you identify as a man or woman regardless of sex assigned at birth or what your genitals are… you are a man or a woman. Full stop.
What’s the difference between Bisexuality and Pansexuality?
Bisexuality focuses on the attraction exclusively to men and women, where as pansexuality is attraction to all genders (including non-binary, transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender bending, etc.).
Note: These are generally agreed upon definitions… it does not mean they are set in stone or that people within these identifies strictly adhere to these definitions.
Am I Bisexual?
Generally speaking, here are some indicators that you may be bisexual:
- you are attracted to men and women – it does not have to be equal attraction!
- you have had romantic relationships with men and women
- you fantasize about men and women
- you like pink, purple, and blue.. KIDDING, yet it is the flag!
Basically the bottom line is that you are attracted to (romantically and/or sexually) to male and female humans. There is variation and does not necessarily mean the attraction is 50/50. It also does not mean that you have had to be in relationships or had sex with either or anyone else to know. You do not need to have had sex with someone to understand who you are and not attracted to. It helps, but is not necessary for your identity!
The Best Way is Self Exploration!
Any identity requires levels of self reflection and exploration. The only way to truly figure out your identity is through your knowledge and experience of yourself. If you need help with this please find an identity affirming therapist (like us at Life Coaching and Therapy, LLC) to help you through this process!
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