Unitarian Universalism supports each person’s search for their own truth. We honor the many different ways of being, including diverse experiences of sexuality. People who are attracted to more than one gender have long been marginalized in our wider culture; here, we are dedicated to learning more about each other, respecting each other’s truths, and honoring the spiritual gifts we each bring.
There are three basic types of sexual orientation, the gendered pattern of one’s attractions: monosexual (attracted to one gender), polysexual (attracted to multiple genders), and asexual (no sexual attraction). Learn more.
There are many different identity labels used by polysexual people to describe their sexual orientations, including bisexual, pansexual, and queer. “Bisexual” is arguably the most well-known of these self-identifications.
The bisexual community today defines bisexuality as an attraction to people of one’s own gender and people of other genders.
A bisexual person may be attracted to one gender more than another, equally attracted to all genders, or may consider gender unimportant in terms of attraction. Furthermore, a person’s attractions toward one gender or another may shift and change over time.
Attraction is about more than just sex. We experience attraction in many ways, including sexual, romantic, and social.
How we self-identify is a complex consideration ultimately up to each individual and what feels most authentic. No one should ever feel a need to “prove” their sexual orientation through sexual acts or experience, and likewise no one has the right to judge someone else for their attraction, behavior, or identity label.
If you feel yourself to be bisexual, that is your truth, regardless of the pattern of your behavior. Similarly, if you feel yourself to be gay, or straight, that is your truth, even if your sexual or romantic behavior or attractions has included people of multiple genders.
Bisexuality has long been misunderstood and marginalized, leading to many damaging myths. Here are some truths:
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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