Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 317–325 | Cite as

Ethnic and Racial Specificity, or Not, in Bisexuality Research: A Practical Commentary

  • Miguel Muñoz-LaboyEmail author
Special Section: Bisexual Health


This commentary focuses on reflecting on how we, as bisexuality researchers, consider the effects of, and contribute toward addressing, systemic racism and ethnic discrimination affecting bisexual individuals in different global contexts. This commentary is intended to provoke critical thinking among bisexuality and other sex researchers on how we may best consider (or not) racism and ethnic oppression when dealing with ethnically, racially, or culturally diverse bisexual samples of individuals. In this commentary, I argue that current social and behavioral science researchers who focus on bisexuality tend to follow one or more of the following three approaches: a “color blind” approach, an inclusive approach or, a racially–ethnically specific approach. I will identify the advantages and considerations for taking one approach versus another.


Bisexuality Ethnic-racial differences Racism Colorblind racism Latino(a) Racial–ethnic minority Sexual orientation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Work, College of Public HealthTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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