Sexuality between consenting adults is a natural and healthy experience and expression of sexual involvement. It is important to view sexuality positively; respecting and accepting diverse values and beliefs. Individuals, communities, and society reap great benefits when attitudes of tolerance and acceptance of sexual preference is openly discussed. Internal and external peace are exuberant and social connection harmonizes.
Attractions, desires, fantasies, and life choices vary from person to person and understanding the fluidity of the life cycle and personal choices can unite us.
Sexual preference transforms in various forms such as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, fluid, and queer. There are also several types of sexual activity and classifications; for instance sexual intercourse, oral sex, mutual masturbation, S&M, bondage, and tantric. These identities are valid and completely normal. It is just as typical to be attracted to both genders, engage in heterosexual and homosexual activity as it is to be attracted to just one gender. It’s a matter of genetics, personality, personal choice, and can even change over time. It is fluid and evolves as we change throughout our lifetime. It is an individual predilection and genetic make-up that cannot be affected by the influence of others.
Sexual identity naturally changes as our drive and desire transforms as much as humans logically change over time. It is dependent on our psyche, life experiences, self exploration, belief systems and personal acceptance. What attracts us and arouses us is extremely variable. At various stages in one’s life, a person may identify as heterosexual, only to get to a point later in life where they can acknowledge that they are also attracted to members of their own gender. At that point, they may decide to identify as bisexual.
Similarly, someone who has identified as gay might discover that they are attracted to someone of another sex, and their self-identification may change because of their experience. It is common and not strange or uncanny to change sexual identity. Sexual attraction is a personal endeavor and cannot be converted or influenced by anyone else. Biology, physiology, and psychology components make it difficult to change an individual’s sexuality. Gay or lesbian sexual orientations cannot be transformed to heterosexual and vice versa.
Sexual studies have proven that people’s sexual attractions and sexual identification cannot be changed by peer or societal pressure. It is an assumption that everyone is born heterosexual, and that it takes an experience with someone who is already gay, lesbian or bisexual to “convert” a person to being gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Many gay, lesbian, and bisexuals are aware that they have non-heterosexual attractions from the age of three with no adaptation or sexual experiences necessary.
Bisexuality is having the ability to find people of more than one sex attractive. It’s the capability of being attracted sexually and/or romantically to members of more than one sex. You don’t need to have had sex with someone of the opposite sex to be a heterosexual, or to have had sex with someone of the same sex to know you are a homosexual – you just know what you like and what you find attractive. If you know that you find people of more than one sex to be eye-catching and sexy, you may call yourself bisexual, whether or not you ever have sex with partners of more than one sex. It’s all a matter what we accept about ourselves and our willingness to express it within our community or to society. Bisexuality is also varied in terms of attractiveness. Some people find themselves equally attracted to men and women, but many bisexuals find that they are more attracted to people of their own sex, or more attracted to people of another sex. It’s a matter of identifying what group or particular community; straight/heterosexual or queer/homosexual you can relate to most. The attraction to one or more genders is proportioned differently for each person and can change with time as well. A person may be attracted to one sex forty percent of the time, and members of another sex sixty percent of the time when they are sixteen and then change at the age of thirty-five to seventy-five percent and twenty-five percent. Bisexuality is not an excuse or a prerogative to have sex with whomever and whatever you want at any given opportunity. Bisexuals are not sex fiends and just as normal in their sexual frequency as homosexuals, heterosexuals and other Trans identity.
Bisexuals may even be celibate. Bisexuals in conjunction with any other kind sexual identity have a variety of kinds of relationships over the course of their lives; from one-night-stands to long-term, committed relationships, and they are just as likely to be responsible, loving, faithful partners as anyone else. Bisexuality doesn’t mean you must have a male and a female partner to feel fulfilled. While some feel best in unconventional relationships where they have more than one partner of whatever sex or gender; it’s not a requirement for being bisexual. Bisexuals have the same feelings and emotions as all humans. Persons who consider themselves bisexual bond, fall in love, and have committed relationships. And like everyone else, bisexuals are capable of being fulfilled or unfulfilled in their relationships dependent on the health of the relationship. Being bisexual doesn’t mean you are hiding the fact you really are gay or lesbian. It’s still as difficult to pass or identify yourself as gay, bisexual or transgender in our society. Heterosexuality is falsely accepted as the norm.
People of bisexual nature are not the same as individuals who consider themselves straight. It may be confusing at times to see a person romantically involved with a person of the same sex and then a few months or years later romantically involved with a person of the opposite sex. There shouldn’t be an automatic assumption that same-sex partners are gay and a bisexual person with an opposite-sex partner is straight. A bisexual person doesn’t change their identity from gay or lesbian to heterosexual, they are bisexual consistently.
Having sex with a person of the same sex, doesn’t mean you are gay or bisexual. The way you choose to identify yourself is up to you. The only person who can determine personal labels is you.
Be realistic and truthful about what that may mean for you in terms of knowing how to have safer sex with someone of the same sex as you. Bisexuality is not the determent to spreading STI/HIV/AIDS because people of such orientation have sex with homosexuals and heterosexuals. Sexual preference is not the culprit; unprotected sex with infected partners and passing it to an uninfected partner is the origin of the problem. It is the responsibility of each person to be honest, conscientious and make healthy sexual choices.