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Bisexual / Pansexual Identities

Bisexual, Pansexual, or Omnisexual are terms used to by some to self-identitify that they are attracted to and may form sexual and romantic relationships with someone regardless of that person's gender-identity or genitalia. There is less research about developmental issues for this community. It is assumed that they experience many of the same issues as gay and lesbian persons. However, there are some issues unique to their experiences.

  • Many people who are bisexual feel marginalized by heterosexual and LGBTIQA+ communities.
  • Although many bisexuals tend to align themselves with gay and lesbian communities, the bisexual identification is frequently met with skepticism in the gay/lesbian community and is seen as an attempt to avoid the stigma of homosexuality.
  • One common misperception among both heterosexuals and those who identify as lesbian and gay is that bisexuals are promiscuous and spread HIV through their actions.

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