8 things you didn't know about the bisexual community →
- There are over 9 million LGBT people in the United States and more than half identify as bisexual
- Only 28% of bisexuals say that all the important people in their life know they are bisexual, compared to 77% of gay men and 71% of lesbians
- Approximately 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, compared to 15% and 21% of non-LGB men and women respectively and 20% and 23% of gay man and lesbians
- Nearly half of bisexual people report that they are not out to any of their coworkers (49%), compared to just 24% of lesbian and gay people.
- 20% of bisexuals report experiencing a negative employment decision based on their identity, and almost 60% of bisexual people report hearing anti-bisexual jokes and comments on the job
- When bisexual survivors of violence interact with police, however, they are three times more likely to experience police violence than people who are not bisexual.
- Bisexual people have high rates of poor physical and mental health. Physical disparities include higher rates of hypertension, poor or fair physical health, smoking, and risky drinking than non-LGB people, lesbians, or gay men. Despite these disparities, and perhaps compounding them, bisexual people are less likely than gay men or lesbians to be out to their health care providers.
- Bisexual people experience higher rates of sexual and intimate partner violence than gay, lesbian, and straight people.
(Source: glaad, via bisexual-community)