Bisexuality is a sexual orientation describing an interest in two or more genders, or to one's own gender and to other genders. Robyn Ochs, a bisexual activist, has defined bisexuality by saying, "I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree." For some bisexuals, the bisexual label encompasses romantic and emotional components as well as sexual, whereas for some bisexuals, the bisexual label may be intended as more specifically about just sexuality.
Some common misconceptions of bisexuality include:
- Bisexual people are equally attracted to men and women. In reality, a bisexual's attraction may not necessarily be perfectly split down the middle.
- Bisexuality is only attraction to the two binary genders. In reality, bisexuals can feel attraction to a variety of genders.
- Non-binary people can't be bisexual. In reality, there are many non-binary people that consider themselves bi, and the word bisexual does not inherently exclude genders outside of the binary.