Representation matters: Progressing research in plurisexuality and bisexuality in sport

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Plurisexual is an umbrella term which refers to individuals who are, or who have the potential to be, attracted to more than one gender. Identities including bisexual, pansexual and fluid therefore fall under the category plurisexual. Academic research surrounding plurisexuality and sport has received limited academic attention in comparison to research based on homosexuality and sport. Existing academic research in relation to plurisexuality and sport concentrates predominantly on bisexuality, although this is also limited. For this reason, bisexuality takes a central focus within this article. The analysis highlights the complexities when defining the term bisexual. It then examines the impact of athletes and bisexuality in the media. A critical analysis of research based on the experiences and understandings of bisexuality and sport is then undertaken. Suggestions for future research are also given to increase academic knowledge in this currently marginalized area of sport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2021

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  • Plurisexual
  • bisexual
  • sexual identity
  • sexual orientation
  • sport


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