The largest study of bisexual people in the world to date, led by La Trobe University, has examined why bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological distress than heterosexual and homosexual people. Questioning more than 2, bisexual people across Australia, the Who I Am study's aim was to uncover the reasons for poor mental health in bisexual people. The study found significant links between poor mental health and the following factors:. Bisexual people who are in heterosexual relationships; Bisexual people perceiving their sexuality to be bad or wrong; Bisexual people thinking their partner's support or understanding of their sexuality is low.
What Does It Mean to Be Bi or Bisexual?
Why Bisexual Representation on “13 Reasons Why” Is So Important | Teen Vogue
Bisexuality is when a person finds both men and women physically, sexually or emotionally attractive. Bisexuality is a general term only, because there are many differences between individuals. For example, people who are attracted to men and women may not necessarily label themselves as bisexual — they may consider themselves to be primarily straight or gay, or they may choose not to adopt any label to describe their sexuality. In other cases, a person may have sexual feelings towards men and women, but only have sex with people from one gender, or they may abstain from sex altogether. The attraction isn't always evenly weighted, since a bisexual person may have stronger feelings towards one gender than another. This can vary depending on the people they meet, since sexual chemistry between individuals is complex and unpredictable. Coming out as bisexual can be a lengthy and ongoing process.
In this op-ed, Teen Vogue writer Gianluca Russo explores the importance of bisexuality representation on 13 Reasons Why. Significant spoilers ahead for Season 4. But before the fourth season wrapped, the writers had a few more complex topics in store that they wanted to bring to the forefront, including sexual identity and bisexuality. In the most recent season, Alex Standall played by Miles Heizer embarks on a new journey towards embracing his sexuality.
But the first time I watched a film or tv show and felt sexually attracted to the person on the screen, it was a woman — a scene in American Pie, I think! So I had two things to worry about! I spent nights lying awake, thinking things like this:. I felt lonely and bottled everything up.