If you were married to a man, and then over time realized you may be attracted to women, how would you navigate this? Obviously, there is no easy answer. There are many feelings, people, sometimes children, and a household to consider and in one instant- everything could change. And for my friend Nadia, it did. Her life was turned upside down as she did the ly unthinkable, and opened up to her ex husband after realizing that she was attracted to women.
Researchers asked more than bisexual women and those who report being attracted to more than one gender about their mental health, how open they are about their sexuality, their experiences with discrimination, and any symptoms of depression. Among their findings is that bisexual women in relationships with heterosexual cisgender men were least likely to be open about their sexual orientation.
Bisexual women in relationships with cisgender lesbian women, bisexual cisgender women partners, and bisexual cisgender men partners were more likely to be out than those partnered with heterosexual men. Researchers speculated that bi women may be more comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation when in a relationship with a woman. However, bi women were more likely to be out with a bisexual male partner than a heterosexual male partner, suggesting that a shared bisexual identity might be meaningful.
Xavier Hall also said that bisexual women experience two forms of stigma: homophobia and monosexism. Monosexism is a kind of stigma experienced by individuals who are attracted to multiple genders, such as bisexuals, pansexuals and some other queer-identifying individuals.
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The stigma derives from the idea that monosexual identities like gay or heterosexual are normal or superior to sexual identities that are gender inclusive, according to Xavier Hall. The study also found that bisexual women with cisgender lesbian partners had fewer depressive symptoms compared to single bi women.
A Gallup poll released last week estimates that over half of all LGBTQ adults identify as bisexualand of that, the majority are women. Xavier Hall hopes that future research explores the specific health needs of bisexual women.
Bisexual women with straight male partners least likely to be out, study finds
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