This article considers the complex issue of Byron's sexuality. It seeks not to assign a
definitive orientation or preference to the poet, but rather to consider the various possibilities
and offer a conclusion about how modern readers might reconceive his sexuality.
The piece examines evidence for Byron's heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality.
It finds all three terms inadequate: Byron's evident desire for and enjoyment of non-heterosexual
sex suggests he was something more than heterosexual, while his similar
enjoyment of heterosexual sex and his strong romantic attachments to women suggest
he was not simply homosexual, either. Indeed, a certain cavalier lack of interest in the
gender of his sexual partners suggests that even 'bisexual' is too confining a label. In the
end, the essay suggests that the difficulty with understanding Byron's sexuality lies precisely
in modern labels, which are too controlling and confining to adequately describe
his protean desire.