Being bisexual or bisexuality is a type of sexual orientation. Before we get into it, it’s good to clarify a couple of things, especially since in recent years the label “bisexual” has undergone some changes. Just like everything.
Well, let’s start by saying that although many people confuse sexual orientation and gender identity, they are actually quite different. Sexual orientation refers to who you are sexually and romantically attracted to: who you like, who you feel like having sex with, or who you want to have sex with. Gender identity is something else. It refers to how you feel inside: who you are and how you really feel, beyond your body. In our other blog posts, I talked a bit about this topic in relation to periods and birth control. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check them out!
Sexual orientations there are several, for example, gay, lesbian, heterosexual, asexual, pansexual, bisexual. Gender identities too: female, male, transgender, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming or genderqueer (some people use these last three to mean the same thing but others do not).
So what does it mean to be bisexual? Like anything else, it means different things to different people. Today the term bisexual is broader than it was a few years ago. It used to refer to someone who liked both cisgender men and women.
Today, it can refer to the above but also to those who are attracted to other people of the same sex (homosexuals) and to heterosexual people (of another sex), beyond gender. In this sense, the term “bisexual” today is a kind of umbrella term where different ways of living sexuality -and also controversies- can fit.
In reality, whether or not someone identifies with the term and label “bisexual” depends on each person, their culture, experiences and political position. As we know, the reality is that today the world is multicolored and what really exists is diversity, a lot of diversity.