Rachael Wandrey published a new study in the Journal of Bisexuality. Wandrey, R.L., Mosack, K.E., & Moore, E. (2015). Coming out to family and friends as bisexually-identified young adult women: A discussion of homophobia, biphobia, and heteronormativity. Journal of Bisexuality, 15 (2), 204-229.
Although coming out is considered a crucial part of minority sexual identity development, research concerning bisexual women’s coming out experiences is limited. Nevertheless, bisexual women encounter unique stigma and challenges that warrant specific attention. Seventeen young adult women participated in individual, open-ended qualitative interviews about their bisexual identity development. Our inductive thematic analysis of participants’ coming out experiences and perspectives revealed important themes related to the unique aspects of coming out as young bisexual women. Themes included 1) the presence of both homophobia and biphobia, 2) the use of alternate identity terms to combat biphobia, 3) the preference to approach coming out in a casual manner, 4) the ability to pass as heterosexual or lesbian when it fits the situation, and 5) the resolute rejection of the disclosure imperative, among others. We discuss these findings in the context of gender, homophobia, biphobia, and heteronormativity.