2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Bisexual Identity
Genevieve M. Kuhn
Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentor

Individuals who identify as bisexual face multiple issues throughout the sexual identification process and have to deal with negative stigmatization attached to this label. The sexual identity formation models of early theorists point out different stages of the bisexual identification process and highlight areas of stigmatization. Research has been done to find neutralization techniques for bisexuals to comfortably exist in society. Over the course of this paper I analyzed previous studies such as the work of Weinberg, Williams, & Pryor and their four stages of bisexual identity. Individuals who identify as bisexual encounter initial confusion, difficulty finding and applying the label "bisexual", and struggle with lack of social validation. Due to social insistence on creating labels to eliminate threats of uncertainty and fear, bisexual individuals are left to face a myriad of negative stigmatizations.

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Topic(s):Sociology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -2
Location: VH 1328
Time: 8:15

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