NLGJA Stylebook: “Bisexual”

NLGJA’s Stylebook Supplement on LGBT Terminology is intended to complement the prose stylebooks of individual publications, as well as the Associated Press stylebook, the leading stylebook in U.S. newsrooms.

It reflects the association’s mission of inclusive coverage of LGBT people and includes entries on words and phrases that have become common. The Stylebook Supplement was translated into Spanish in 2005.

Periodically, we’ll be spotlighting some of the major entries.

Here’s our “bisexual” entry:

bisexual: As a noun, an individual attracted to both sexes. As an adjective, of or relating to sexual and affectional attraction to both sexes. Does not presume nonmonogamy.

We look forward to your comments!

2 Responses

  1. Someone corrected me this weekend when I was asked whether I was attracted to men or women. I said both, but they said it was supposed to be “either.” I said I couldn’t understand the difference, which was perhaps my problem in the first place. Any thoughts on this?

  2. I’m no grammarian, but what the heck …

    Perhaps it’s pronoun usage:

    Here’s a link to “both” at Dictionary.com:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/both
    “the one as well as the other: Both of us were going to the party.”

    Here’s a link to “either” at Dictionary.com:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/either
    “one or the other: There are two roads into the town, and you can take either.”

    I suppose your friend may have been irked, in the “either” example above, by taking both roads instead of either.

    To open a can of worms, perhaps using “both” implies non-monogamy to your friend in a way that “either” may not.

    In any event, I would tend to agree with you that the difference is slight.

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