Bisexual

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Bisexuality should not be defined as a fetish, more an identity, a way someone is wired and should be thought of as Homosexuality, or being Straight, but we've linked it here so it can be included in this site in some way.

Bisexuality is either a Romantic/sexual attraction, and a basic human desire toward both males and females. The definition of bisexuality used by authoritative sources and dictionary/other encyclopedic sources only mentions two sexes/two genders (male/female and man/woman), not "all sexes/genders," "more than one gender" or "irrespective of gender."
The term is mainly used in the context of human attraction to denote romantic or sexual feelings toward both men and women.
It may also be defined as encompassing romantic or sexual attraction to people of all gender/identities or to a person irrespective of that person's biological gender, this can also be refereed to as Pansexual. In some contexts, the term Pansexual is used interchangeably with bisexuality, when it refers to an attraction to individuals of both sexes... A number of those who identify as bisexual feel that gender, biological sex, and sexual orientation should not be a focal point in potential relationships.

Bisexuality is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation, along side heterosexuality and homosexuality, someone who is bisexual does not necessarily equate to an equal sexual attraction to both sexes; commonly, people who have a distinct but not exclusive sexual preference for one sex over the other will also identify themselves as bisexual.

Bisexuality has been observed in various human societies, with the term bisexuality, as well as the terms heterosexuality and homosexuality, being first coined in the 19th century.

The "American Psychological Association" stated that; "sexual orientation falls along a continuum. In other words, someone does not have to be exclusively homosexual or heterosexual, but can feel varying degrees of both. Sexual orientation develops across a person's lifetime–different people realise at different points in their lives that they are heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual".

Sexual attraction, behavior and identity may also be incongruent, as sexual attraction or behavior may not necessarily be consistent with identity. Some individuals identify themselves as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual without having had any sexual experience. Others have had homosexual experiences but do not consider themselves to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Likewise, gay or lesbian individuals may occasionally sexually interact with members of the opposite sex but do not identify as bisexual. Other terms would be Polysexuality/Polyamorous, heteroflexible and homoflexible.

Bisexual activist "Robyn Ochs" defines bisexuality as "the potential to be attracted—romantically and/or sexually—to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree."

According to Rosario, Schrimshaw, Hunter, Braun; ... the development of a lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) sexual identity is a complex and often difficult process. Unlike members of other minority groups (e.g., ethnic and racial minorities), most LGB individuals are not raised in a community of similar others from whom they learn about their identity and who reinforce and support that identity. Rather, LGB individuals are often raised in communities that are either ignorant of or openly hostile toward homosexuality.

Bisexuality as a transitional identity has also been examined. In a "longitudinal study" about sexual identity development among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youths, Rosario et al. "found evidence of both considerable consistency and change in LGB sexual identity over time".
Youths who had identified as both gay/lesbian and bisexual prior to baseline were approximately three times more likely to identify as gay/lesbian than as bisexual at subsequent assessments. Of youths who had identified only as bisexual at earlier assessments, 60–70% continued to thus identify, while approximately 30–40% assumed a gay/lesbian identity over time. Rosario et al. suggested that "although there were youths who consistently self-identified as bisexual throughout the study, for other youths, a bisexual identity served as a transitional identity to a subsequent gay/lesbian identity." By contrast, a "longitudinal study" by Lisa M. Diamond, which followed women identifying as lesbian, bisexual, or unlabeled, found that "more women adopted bisexual/unlabeled identities than relinquished these identities," over a ten-year period. The study also found that "bisexual/unlabeled women had stable overall distributions of same-sex/other-sex attractions."