Bisexuality challenges binary conceptions of sexuality, and therefore ‘doing’ bisexuality within an organisation such as the Christian Church is often challenging. This chapter utilises data from a British mixed-methods study that explored how identities were managed in relation to being Christian and bisexual. The research found that the participants repackaged and reimagined their faith and, to a lesser extent re-imagined their sexuality. Bisexual Christians used creative agency in their intimate lives and found support from personal communities and friendships. This chapter attempts to move from exploring sexuality and faith separately, towards an intersectional approach to the experiences of the participants. Although their religious and sexual lives are considered, the chapter aims to explore how the experiences of the participants intertwine and how the identities speak to and inform each other. As a result, the chapter takes the original research as a starting point and explores how we might see the participants as bisexual Christians rather than bisexuals who happen to be Christian (and vice-versa). The stories and the experiences of the participants suggest a bisexual Christianity rooted in Christianity morality and individualism.
|Title of host publication||Bisexuality, Religion and Spirituality|
|Subtitle of host publication||Critical Perspectives|
|Editors||Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip, Alex Toft|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2020|