This week (September 16-23) is #BiWeek 2019! This is a week to celebrate the B in LGBT and to raise up the voices and experiences of bisexual people.
Despite a growing understanding and acceptance of the LGBT community and increased legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the experiences and realities of bisexual people has largely been invisible. Did you know bisexual people comprise about half (52%) of LGB people in the United States? Did you also know that violence, poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes within the bisexual population are often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers?
Far too often, bisexual people are frequently swept into the greater lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community, as their specific disparities are made invisible within data about the LGB community as a whole. That’s why, in 2016, MAP released a groundbreaking report Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them, which focuses on the “invisible majority” of the LGBT community: dvthe nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender.
Since then, MAP has released additional reports looking at bisexual older adults, bisexual transgender people and more. For #BiWeek 2019, check out MAP’s resources that provide an overview into the lives of bisexual people, including an introduction to the issues facing bisexual people.
People who identify as bisexual comprise more than half—52%–of all LGB people in the United States.
People of color are more likely to identify as bisexual, and women of color comprised 36% of bisexual women, compared to 26% of heterosexual women.
1 in 5 (21%) transgender people identify as bisexual.
Bisexual people are more likely to be parents than gay men or lesbians.
Nearly half (48%) of bisexual older women live in poverty.
31% of bisexual people report being sexually harassed at work because of their sexuality.
Bisexual people are more likely than all U.S. adults to live on less than $30,000 a year.
47% of bisexual students report one or more instances of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Bisexual people are at greater risk for mental and physical health disparities, including being more like to have anxiety and mood disorders.
September 23 is the start of Bisexual Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising the visibility of the LGBT community’s invisible majority.
All too often, bisexual people are grouped in with the broader LGB community, and when that happens, their specific disparities and challenges are made invisible—leaving them without the specific care and support that address their unique challenges.
The evidence is clear: bisexual people face serious disparities; yet, research and data about bisexual people and their lives is limited at best. That’s why, in September 2016, MAP released a report, Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them, which found that bisexual people face discrimination and stigma both from the LGBT community and from non-LGBT people. This creates myriad disparities for bisexual people including economic insecurity, increased violence, and poorer health.
This #BiWeek2018, learn more about the unique challenges facing bisexual people with resources from MAP. The following resources offer an overview into the lives of bisexual people:
Special thanks to our partners at SAGE, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), and BiNet USA who have been invaluable partners in creating these crucial resources.
Because bisexual people are frequently swept into the greater lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community, their specific disparities are all too often made invisible within data about the whole community.
Did you know? More women identify as bisexual than men. Bisexual people comprise more than half of the LGB population, yet they experience violence, poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers—all pointing toward an urgent need to provide services and support for this segment of the community.
These graphics illustrate the disparities facing bisexual people.