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Prejudice toward bisexual individuals is driven by negative attitudes, termed biphobia. Biphobia is similar to homophobia in that it reflects nonaffirming attitudes directed toward a marginalized group because of their sexual orientation. Research indicates that bisexual people experience similar levels of sexual orientation–based prejudice and violence as lesbian and gay people. However, biphobia has been conceptualized as unique relative to homophobia as it may come from both the lesbian/gay community and heterosexual people. This entry describes the nature of biphobia and how it can serve as a stressor for bisexual individuals.

The Unique Dimensions of Biphobia

Biphobia may manifest in several different forms, but it generally stems from beliefs that bisexual people are indecisive, immature, cheaters, trashy, hypersexual, diseased, or unstable in their sexual orientation. Biphobic prejudice ...

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