Coming Out as Bisexual: Pathways, Pitfalls and Poetry
Pitfalls, Pathways, and Poetry: Coming out can be particularly challenging for people who are bisexual (also pansexual or otherwise attracted to more than one gender.) Bisexuals face assumptions that they are lesbian/gay or straight based on the gender of their current or former partner, and they are confronted with stereotypes and other microaggressions when they come out. What can bisexual people and allies do to promote positive coming out experiences?
Tania Israel is a Professor and Chair of UCSB’s Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, and she is affiliated with the Department of Feminist Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, a Masters degree in Human Sexuality Education, and a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. As Director of UCSB’s Project RISE, Dr. Israel leads a research team that develops and studies interventions to support the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Her expertise on bisexuality has been solicited by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the White House. Dr. Israel has received honors for her research and advocacy from the American Psychological Association, the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and her local LGBT community. Her TED Talk on bisexuality has been viewed over 80,000 times, and she Tweets bisexual haiku (#biku). More information is available at taniaisrael.com
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