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.