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1 Unifying science, education and service to transform lives Module 9 Clinical Issues with Bisexuals A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals First Edition

2 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBT Individuals Module Clinician’s Guide Clinical Issues With Bisexuals Learning Objectives Understand myths and facts Understand myths and facts Learn psychosocial issues Learn psychosocial issues Understand implications for treatment Understand implications for treatment Power Point Slide # 8-1, n29

3 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBT Individuals Module Clinician’s Guide Definition of Bisexuality The contemporary understanding is that bisexuality, affectional, romantic and sexual attraction toward same gender and other gender individuals, is a sexual orientation in and of itself and distinct from heterosexuality and homosexuality The contemporary understanding is that bisexuality, affectional, romantic and sexual attraction toward same gender and other gender individuals, is a sexual orientation in and of itself and distinct from heterosexuality and homosexuality. Power Point Slide # 9-2, n30

4 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBT Individuals Module Clinician’s Guide Myths About Bisexuals confused Bisexuals are confused about their sexual orientation. afraid Bisexuals are afraid to be lesbian or gay because of social stigma and oppression from the majority. “stuck” Bisexuals have gotten “stuck” in the coming out process. “pass” Bisexuals have knuckled under to the social pressure to “pass” as straight. in denial Bisexuals are in denial about their sexual orientation. “not fully formed” Bisexuals are “not fully formed” lesbians or gay men. Power Point Slide # 9-3, n31

5 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBT Individuals Module Clinician’s Guide Facts About Bisexuality A variety of sexual behaviors may be engaged in by bisexual women, men, and transgender individuals at any time because behavior and identity can be separate issues. Continuous Bisexuality Continuous Bisexuality: Bisexual identity is formed early in one’s life and remains intact across the lifespan. Sequential Bisexuality Sequential Bisexuality: Desire is experienced by bisexuals as sexual attractions to same-sex or opposite- sex partners at different times during their lives. Concurrent Bisexuality Concurrent Bisexuality: Bisexuals express sexual desire toward men and women at the same time. Power Point Slide # 9-4, n32

6 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBT Individuals Module Clinician’s Guide Facts About Bisexuality heterosexual continue to have, sexual relations with partners of the same gender Women and men (including transgender women and men) who identify themselves as heterosexual may have had, or may continue to have, sexual relations with partners of the same gender. gay or lesbian continue to have, sexual relations with partners of the other gender Women and men (including transgender women and men) who identify themselves as gay or lesbian may have had, or may continue to have, sexual relations with partners of the other gender. People of transgender experience, including male- to-female and female-to-male individuals, may identify themselves as bisexual People of transgender experience, including male- to-female and female-to-male individuals, may identify themselves as bisexual. This is because bisexuality (and sexual orientation identity generally) is a separate phenomenon from gender identity. Power Point Slide # 9-5, n33

7 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse for LGBT Individuals Module Clinician’s Guide Psychosocial Variables Cultural norms and standards, political views, and environmental factors many influence bisexual identity and behaviors and keep them separate. -Same-sex relationships in prison -Gay-identified men who have a female sex partner Power Point Slide # 9-6, n34

8 Unifying science, education and services to transform lives. Prairelands ATTC Toolbox TrainingModule 5 – 12 Clinician’s Overview KLEIN SEXUAL ORIENTATION GRID Directions: Directions: Use the following scale to rate each of the following variables in each period: 1. Other sex only 2. Other sex mostly 3. Other sex somewhat more 4. Both sexes equally 5. Same sex somewhat more 6. Same sex mostly 7. Same sex only VARIABLE PAST PRESENT IDEAL A.Sexual Attraction to B.Sexual Behavior with C.Sexual Fantasies about D.Emotional Preference for E.Social Preference for F.Self-Identification as G.LGBT/Heterosexual Lifestyle Power Point Slide #9-7, n 35


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