Difference between Homosexual and Bisexual

Key Difference: The term 'homosexual' was first used by Victorian scientists who regarded same-sex attraction and sexual behavior as symptoms of mental disorders or moral deficiency. Bisexual is a term used for the people who get sexually attracted to both males and females.

Homosexuality is romantic or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender. It is when a person, whether male or female is attracted to a person of the same sex. Homosexuals are commonly termed as lesbian for females and gay for males; however, gay is now generally used to refer to both males and females, e.g. the gay community, gay rights, gay pride, etc. Homosexuality, along with bisexuality and heterosexuality, are the three main categories of sexual orientation; asexuality is also included sometimes. Many gay and lesbian people are in committed same-sex relationships. Throughout recorded history, homosexual relationships and acts have been admired, as well as condemned.

Bisexuals are people who have romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior towards both males and females. Bisexuality is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation. The Free Dictionary defines bisexual as:

  • Sexually attracted to both men and women.
  • Showing characteristics of both sexes a bisexual personality.
  • Of or relating to both sexes.

People who have distinct but not unique sexual preferences for one sex also identify themselves as bisexual. Throughout history, bisexuals have been observed in several human and animal societies. Bisexuality is very common in the 21st century and has formed a different group of people.

The differences between homosexuals and bisexuals are as follows:





A person who has sexual attraction or sexual behavior to the members of the same sex or gender.

A bisexual is someone who is equally attracted to males and females.


The people who get attracted to the same sex.

People who experience a sexual relationship, and attraction for both men and women.

Applies to

Both, males and females.

Both, males and females.


Gay bullying is the most common discrimination. It can be the verbal or physical abuse against a person who is perceived by the aggressor to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

They often face discrimination with a range of negative attitudes and feelings by the society and sometimes fall victims to violence as well.

Sexual Relations

With the people of same sex/gender because they feel more comfortable with partners of the same sex.

In bisexual relations, as the term specifies, the sexual relation is maintained with both the genders. A person cannot be called a bisexual unless he/she has a sexual relationship or feels sexually attracted towards both males and females.

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