The 13 types of bisexuality As you can see, there is no simple definition of bisexuality, and bisexual people are a very diverse group.
Some bisexual people are committed to monogamous, long-term relationships, others have more than one partner concurrently in a variety of arrangements. Little identifies at least 13 types of bisexuality, as defined by sexual desires and experiences.
Many people are 100% gay and are drawn sexually and emotionally only to partners of the same sex.
Others are completely heterosexual, bonding in sexual and intimate relationships only with people of the opposite sex. A significant percentage of people do not fit neatly into either of the categories, because they experience sexual and emotional attraction for people of both genders at some point during their lives.
For lack of a better term, they are called bisexuals, although many people prefer to call themselves “pansexual”, “non-preferential”, “sexually fluid”, “ambisexual” or “omni-sexual”.
Sexual orientation: a continuum The Kinsey scale of 0 to 6 was developed by sex researchers to describe sexual orientation as a continuum.
Concurrent relationship bisexuals: have primary relationship with one gender only but have other casual or secondary relationships with people of another gender at the same time.Integrated bisexuals: have more than one primary relationship at the same time, one with a man and one with a woman.Exploratory bisexuals: either straight or gay, but have sex with another gender just to satisfy curiosity or “see what it’s like”.Studies have shown that bisexual people suffer from social isolation even more than gay people do, because they lack any community where they can find acceptance and role models.
Many gay men believe that bisexual men are really gay, that they are just in denial about being gay, and should “just get over it.” Many straight men are homophobic and hate and fear both bisexual and gay men, often victimising them with harassment and physical violence.
Bisexual people have been much slower to come out of the closet, create community, and form political and social networks to gain visibility and political clout.