CNN recently ran a story, "The Last Person Out of the Closet? The Bisexual Male" which explores the controversy surrounding the heated topic of bisexuality. The initialism, LGBT, which stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, has been in use since the early 90s. The concept of bisexuality is simple: a man or woman is sexually and/or romantically attracted to both sexes. Here is where the confusion starts. It would seem that everyone can and most likely has been romantically attracted to the opposite sex at some point. It's the sex, that is the devil in the detail. There is also that other curious term, bi-curious. On a popular cam site, nearly half of the men identity themselves as bi-curious. This is another way of suggesting that you haven't had enough experiences to make up your mind. It's as if you graduate from bi-curious to bisexual. There are other terms for these kinds of attractions such as homoflexible. The CNN article addresses one couple, Robert and Christine Winn. It's unclear what is being said, as the writer says the couple boasts 18 years of monogamous marriage, though the husband is openly bisexual. One presumes this means he has same sex in his mind?
Bisexuality is a heated issue because many in the gay community believe that bisexuality really doesn't exist. It's an excuse and a way of avoiding the reality that one might be gay.
Most gay men in their late teens and early twenties identify with the concept of bisexuality because at that point, the signals the body and mind are sending can be confusing. It also is a way of softening the blow to curious parents when they begin to ask, "which way do you swing?" Bisexuality also has an indication of hypersexuality: you'll screw anything.
CNN reports that In 2005, a controversial study from professors in Toronto, Canada, and Illinois reported males identifying as bisexual were typically not aroused by both sexes. Most of the bisexual men surveyed were physically aroused by images of men instead of women, the study said.
The bisexual community is small: the CDC reports that about 1.8 percent of people ages 15 to 44 in the U.S. identify as bisexual.
No doubt sexuality is fluid, attraction is certainly not solely based on gender. It is an interesting subject for conversation including biphobia.