Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Bisexuals
- Bisexual men are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than gay men
- Bisexual women are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as lesbians
- Bisexual men and women are at least one-third less likely to disclose their sexual identity to their doctors than gays or lesbians
- In comparison with lesbians and gays, bisexuals have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual victimization.
- Forty percent of LGBT people of color identify as bisexual
- Bisexual women are almost six times more likely than heterosexual women to have seriously considered suicide, and four times more likely than lesbians
- Bisexual men are almost seven times more likely than heterosexual men to have seriously considered suicide, and over four times more likely than gay men
- Bisexual employees are eight times as likely to be in the closet compared to lesbian and gay counterparts
- Fifty-five percent of bisexual employees are not out to anyone at work
- From 2008 to 2012, only $5,000 in grants were awarded to bi-specific projects or bisexual organizations.
[Sources: The Williams Institute, Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, Sexual Research and Social Policy]
we’re here, we’re queer and we’re a lot more valid in our anger than you’d like to admit
Also yay for citing sources
Let me just throw in some awful shit we missed here.(I’ve since had to adjust to I suppose pansexual-I suppose- even though I still just sort of sometimes want femme and sometimes hard butch regardless of the GI of the person presenting those personalities.)
Sexual Violence by any Perpetrator
• The lifetime prevalence of rape by any perpetrator was:
- Lesbian – 13.1% - Bisexual – 46.1%- Heterosexual – 17.4%
- Gay – numbers too small to estimate Bisexual – numbers too small
to estimate - Heterosexual – 0.7%
-The lifetime prevalence of sexual violence other than
rape (including being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences) by any
- Lesbian – 46.4% - Bisexual – 74.9%- Heterosexual – 43.3%
- Gay – 40.2%- Bisexual – 47.4%- Heterosexual – 20.8%
Stalking Victimization by any Perpetrator
• 1 in 3 bisexual women (36.6%) and 1 in 6 heterosexual women
(15.5%) have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime.
Violence by an Intimate Partner
The lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking
by an intimate partner was:
- Lesbian – 43.8% - Bisexual – 61.1% - Heterosexual – 35.0%
- Gay – 26.0% - Bisexual – 37.3% - Heterosexual – 29.0%
The lifetime prevalence of severe physical violence by an intimate
partner (e.g., hit with fist or something hard, slammed against
something, or beaten) was:
- Lesbian – 29.4%- Bisexual – 49.3%- Heterosexual – 23.6%
Bisexual-Est Number of victims 1,528,000 46.1%
Bisexual Est Number of victims-2,482,000 74.9
Nearly half of bisexual men, 4 out of 10 gay men, and
1 in 5 heterosexual men in the U.S. have experienced sexual
violence other than rape in their lifetime. (Read that? Half.50%.Most of them god damn it.)
Bisexual women experienced significantly higher lifetime prevalence of
rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner
when compared to lesbian and heterosexual women.
And that’s all I can stomach right now because my blood is boiling.
And if any of you are getting your hair bristling because I’m “dividing the community” or some horseshit, take a look at these extra stats which pookaglamour has kindly provided us.
When you leave bisexuals out even because of thoughtless omission, you are contributing to a climate that allows bisexual people, most especially bisexual women, to be overwhelmingly victimized by violence.
Biphobia is a more serious and pressing issue than homophobia or lesbophobia. Let’s start talking about biphobia when we would usually just call it “homophobia” as if that included bisexuals. Because it clearly doesn’t include bisexuals *points forcefully at the stats*