ERIC Number: ED394089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-11
The Role of Bisexual Issues in Lesbian and Gay Psychology.
Dworkin, Sari H.
Recent studies show that those lesbians and gays who are comfortable and "out" with their identities exhibit better psychological adjustment than those who are unaccepting and hidden. This paper explores the experiences of bisexuals within the gay and lesbian movement and shows how what is known about sexual orientation and the development of a sexual identity makes the study of bisexuality critical to the study of lesbian and gay psychology. It examines: (1) Essentialism vs. Constructionism; (2) Sexual Identity; and (3) The Role of Bisexuality in Lesbian and Gay Psychology. Bisexuality challenges the notion of a static and easily defined sexual identity and may push the development of new models to explain how people come to choose their particular sexual identification. It is concluded that Lesbian and Gay Psychology needs to expand its mission to include bisexuality as well as other sexual minority identities. Contains 22 references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).