bisexuality is used to describe a person who experiences emotional, romantic and/or sexual attractions to, or engages in romantic or sexual relationships with, more than one sex or gender.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a 2016 publication that 1.3 percent of women and 1.9 percent of men said they were “homosexual, gay, or lesbian,” and that 5.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men said they were bisexual.
These findings indicate that bisexual people may comprise the largest single group in the LGB community for both women and men
Imagine you are a therapist and you find yourself serving numerous couples in which one partner identifies as bisexual and the other does not. These mixed orientation couples present to therapy for a variety of reasons – sexual functioning concerns, mental health symptoms, communication issues. Inevitably, however, bisexuality emerges as a critical topic within the therapeutic process, including identity exploration, stereotype threat, and what it “means” to be partnered with someone of a different sexual orientation. You go to the literature to inform your practice, and unfortunately, uncover little information that could be used to help address these particular relationship concerns. Jennifer found herself in exactly this situation and, consequently, this special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy was conceived in her therapy office.