- 5% of women and 2% of men identify as bisexual.
- 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:
- MAP’s resources on bisexual people: http://www.lgbtmap.org/bisexual-people
- MAP’s groundbreaking report on bisexual people: Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them
- A Closer Look: Bisexual Older Adults: http://lgbtmap.org/bisexual-older-adults
- A Closer Look: Bisexual Transgender People: http://lgbtmap.org/bisexual-transgender
- La Bisexualidad en Cifras (Infografia): http://lgbtmap.org/bisexual-espanol
- MAP’s graphics about bisexual people: http://blog.lgbtmap.org/2018/03/infographics-the-disparities-facing-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.