November 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
New study finds bisexuals face many issues
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CHICAGO — A new report finds that bisexuals face more discrimination and are more heavily affected by poverty, violence and health issues than their straight, gay or lesbian counterparts, the Windy City Times reports.

October’s “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans,” from the Movement Advancement Project, BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center, utilized academic and medical studies to form its conclusions and suggestions for the bi community, which it said is “more than half” of the 9 million LGBT people in the U.S., the Times article notes.

“Despite comprising the largest population within the LGBT community, bisexual people are among the most invisible,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project. “The failure to account for bisexual lives and experiences compounds a lack of social support and keeps bisexual people in the closet.”

The report notes one reason bisexuals may face higher rates of poverty, unemployment, negative health outcomes and violence is because bisexual people face discrimination from within the LGBT community as well as from non-LGBT people.

Mental health issues were among those addressed in the report, which cited other studies finding bi men are more than four times, or in another report, perhaps as high as six times, more likely to attempt suicide than straight men.

Another report found that bi teens who consider suicide still struggle with suicidal thoughts into adulthood unlike many straight peers, the Times article said.

3 Comments
  • Bisexuals are a rather silent lot often with good reasons. And in the past I've held them accountable for some of the actions of those who are not the most honest. However, I was wrong about that and slightly dishonest. I think human sexuality is on a continuum. I myself identify as primarily gay. Yet, sometimes on rare occasions I find women to be very attractive in a sexual sort of way.

    I think when you are gay you can come out far too early and it is something that always remains the case. It is hard to change people's minds when you come out as gay because it is seen as a very done deal. I think there are more bisexual men and women than we give credit for. And ultimately we make it harder for them when gays tend to view sexuality as narrow as some heterosexuals tend to do so. And we hold even more fast to our views because we do not wish to open up the debate of sexuality being a choice. Because we ultimately know that to do so weakens our arguments about homosexuality being natural.
    In the end who people have sex with should never be a deciding factor in how we treat others or judge if they deserve equal rights.

  • Thanks for posting this. The study did come out in September though, on the 23rd, Celebrate Bisexuality Day. We did an interview actually: http://www.thebicast.org/podcast/interview-map-with-heron-greenesmith/

  • For a bisexual, it's not about gender. That's not the deciding factor for who they're attracted to. I find a dating website just for our bisexuals, named Meetbi.com , MAYBE BISEXUAL WILL GROWS WINGS HERE!!

  • For a bisexual, it's not about gender. That's not the deciding factor for who they're attracted to. I find a dating website just for our bisexuals, named Meetbi.com , MAYBE BISEXUAL WILL GROWS WINGS HERE!!

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