Q: How does one know they're bi?
A: The short answer is, if a person is sexually attracted to both women and men, then they're bisexual. Also, if a person can be attracted to women, men and transgender people (people who have transitioned from one gender to the other), then they're pansexual.
When it comes to bi/pansexual people, there can be differences in how much they're attracted to different genders; sometimes they will be attracted to one gender more than another. They may also be romantically attracted to only one gender. In other words, they may desire relationships only with one gender, even if they are sexually attracted to both genders. There are even some bisexual people who are more physically attracted to one gender, but more romantically attracted to another gender. There is a lot of variability within the bi/pan community when it comes to sexual and romantic desires. It's up to each individual to figure out exactly what's right for them.
Answers provided by Dr. Ross Avilla
Dr. Ross Avilla has been teaching Human Sexuality since 2013 and has a PhD in psychology from UC Davis. Dr. Avilla is not a clinician and all information and advice offered on this website is for educational purposes only.