We know from the interviews we’ve done already that a lot of people enjoy the types of posts which circulate on social media – especially Tumblr – that celebrate and validate bisexuality. The bisexual people who’ve taken part in our research report that they find bisexuality just doesn’t get discussed or represented very much on TV or in films. We mentioned in our previous blogs that we think the lack of discussion about bisexuality is a problem – and a key reason for this research project is to make a contribution to bisexual people’s experiences being heard.
Part of our aim as researchers is to collect bisexual people’s stories of their identities and relationships so that all the various experiences of our lives as bisexual people become more visible in the form of research on relationships and sexuality. We do this by working with bisexual organisations such as BiVisible Bristol and OnePlusOne, a relationship charity based in London. We also plan to share our findings with academic and public audiences to raise the visibility of bisexual people – we’re already planning to present some of our findings at the Lesbian Lives conference in Brighton in February, and the British Psychological Society’s Conference in May.
We would like to represent as diverse a group of bisexual people in our research as possible. We’re already off to a good start, thanks to the time and openness of the people who have already participated. But we’re appealing now, in particular, for men, trans people, and people over 30 to consider taking part. We’re also keen to speak to more people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds.
Participating in this research project involves meeting up with one of the project team for an interview which lasts between 1 to 1.5 hours. Our research is open to anyone who identifies as bisexual (and perhaps you relate to other identities as well) and who is currently in a relationship (monogamous or non-monogamous). You also need to be based in Bristol or the surrounding areas. We can travel to meet you at your home in Bristol or the South-West if that is most convenient, or we can arrange a university/city centre location to meet you at and reimburse your travel expenses in getting there. We can also interview you over Skype if you prefer. In all, we will work with you to arrange a time and location for an interview which best suits you and which causes the least disruption in your day. We hope that participating will be an enjoyable experience – people who have already taken part have said they found it enjoyable to reflect on their relationships and speak about their feelings on a range of topics relating to being bisexual and being in a relationship.
If you’d like to find out more about the study, and what participation would mean, please use the form on the Contact Us page to send a message and we’ll reply as soon as we can.