Bisexual (often shortened to bi) refers to someone who is attracted to two or more genders.
The romantic equivalent to bisexual is biromantic.
Bisexuality as currently defined by the community is the attraction to at least two genders. However, there is debate as to whether this means "similar and other genders" or "any two genders". Much mythology suggests that it is only the attraction to the two binary genders, but every major bisexual organization and most activists agree that this is outdated and erasing not only to bisexuals' experiences as a whole, but specifically to nonbinary bisexuals in the community.
Biphobia and Bi Health and Sexual Violence
Bisexual people and people of similarly MAS (multi-attraction spectrum) identities have a track record for being excluded from the mainstream "LGBT" movement, much to the dismay of bisexuals, as this has caused extreme statistics regarding healthcare, mental health, drug abuse, and sexual violence for and toward bi people compared to straight and gay counterparts.
- 46.1% of bi women in the US are raped in their lifetime, opposed to 13.1% of lesbians and 17.4% of straight women
- 47.4% of bi men in the US experience sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime, opposed to 40.2% of gay men and 20.8% of straight men
- 55% of bi people are not out to their coworkers, opposed to 8% of gay men and 6% of lesbians
- More than 40% of bi people have considered suicide, opposed to 8.5% of straight people and 27% of gay people
Bisexuals of History
Some prominent bisexuals in history are: