JOURNEY OF A BISEXUAL INDIAN WOMEN: A CASE STUDY
Keywords:Bisexuality, Homophobia, Discrimination, Social support, Multicultural, India
Bisexuality, during the recent years, has portrayed significantly large areas that are yet to be researched. In India, individuals with bisexuality may or may not require to hide their sexual orientation and either way are posed with difficult circumstances, unless their preferences are accepted in their immediate social circles. Although research on the emotional dimension of the events experienced in case of bisexuality mapped are rare especially in India.
The present research imbibed the journey of a bisexual Indian women’s struggle in Bangalore, the silicon valley of India, pertaining to discrimination at the place of work, alienation due to stigma, having to move away from home, lack of acceptance by family members, and so forth that apparently contribute to feelings of guilt, lack of self -acceptance, isolation and loneliness, unmet emotional needs and such similar issues based on dimensions of minority stress model. Difficulties around finding same-sex partners can be reasoned to be consequences of internalised homophobia and with-in group discrimination. However, the experiences in case study may be unique to the participant and an exploration of the prevalence of such trends is required. The implications accentuated the responsibility of culturally-sensitive or multicultural adapted therapists to attend to issues of race, gender identity and sexual orientation while envisaging a good support structure that would aid in the development of the participant‘s sexual identity as well, while having her exposed to variety of experiences, which may have otherwise been impossible in her conservative social circles.
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