II. Bisexuality: Working with a Silenced Sexuality

  title={II. Bisexuality: Working with a Silenced Sexuality},
  author={M. Barker and D. Langdridge},
  journal={Feminism \& Psychology},
  pages={389 - 394}
At psychotherapy supervision one of my colleagues presented a male client who was in a sexual relationship with a woman but defined himself as gay. After some group discussion of whether the label ‘heterosexual’ or ‘gay’ was most appropriate for him, I suggested that there might be other possibilities if he wanted a description of his sexuality. The group appeared baffled until I offered: ‘well I’m bisexual’. 
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