The positive aspects of a bisexual self-identification

Sharon Scales Rostosky, Ellen D.B. Riggle, David Pascale-Hague, LaWanda E. McCants
2010 Psychology and Sexuality  
Bisexual clients (Page, 2007) and lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB)-affirmative therapists (Godfrey, Haddock, Fisher, & Lund, 2006) agree that facilitating a positive identity is one of the most important therapeutic tasks. However, the task of achieving a positive identity may be particularly challenging for bisexual-identified individuals (Rust, 2002) . To assist in this effort, the authors conducted an online survey that asked bisexual-identified individuals to respond to an open-ended
more » ... open-ended question about the positive aspects of bisexual identity. Findings from an international sample of 157 adult participants (age 18-69; 67% female; 25% Canadian; 19% British; 51% American; 5% other) revealed 11 positive identity aspects: freedom from social labels, honesty and authenticity, having a unique perspective, increased levels of insight and awareness, freedom to love without regard for sex/gender, freedom to explore relationships, freedom of sexual expression, acceptance of diversity, belonging to a community, understanding privilege and oppression and becoming an advocate/activist. Each of these positive aspects is illustrated with quotes from participants. The authors offer suggestions for incorporating these findings in bisexual-affirmative counselling and therapy.
doi:10.1080/19419899.2010.484595 fatcat:6aavxpycm5brngokavzv6yonwq