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Pew Research Reveals Bi Adults Less Likely To Be Out than Gays and Lesbians

by Sam Cronin
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jun 19, 2019
Bisexual activists at the Capital Pride Parade in DC
Bisexual activists at the Capital Pride Parade in DC  (Source:Sam Cronin/Edge)

A new Pew Research Center article analyzing Stanford University data revealed that bisexual adults are "much less less likely than gays and lesbians to be 'out' to the important people in their lives." The original survey included 3,510 people and was conducted in 2017.

The analysis found that only about 19% of respondents who identified as bisexual said all or most of the important people in their lives know about their sexual orientation. This is contrasted with the 75% of gay and lesbian adults who say the same.

Additionally, the article says: "about one-quarter of bisexual adults (26%) are not "out" to any of the important people in their lives, compared with 4% of gay and lesbian adults. Roughly half of those who are bisexual (54%) are out to some or only a few people."

Pew previously found in a 2013 survey that "Many bisexuals say they haven't come out to their parents because they didn't feel it was important to tell them or the subject never came up."

"The 2013 survey also found that LGBT adults said that bisexual men faced less social acceptance than bisexual women, gay men and lesbians. Just 8% of LGBT adults felt there was a lot of social acceptance of bisexual men, while 46% said there was only a little or no social acceptance for this group. Among bisexuals, 40% reported in 2013 that they had ever been subject to slurs or jokes and 31% said they had been rejected by a friend or family member because they were bisexual," according to the article.

Another interesting finding of the 2017 survey analysis was that 43% of bisexual adults say that they are attracted to men and women equally and 40% say they are attracted mostly to the opposite gender.

Among straight or heterosexual identifying respondents, 96% said they are only attracted to the opposite gender, and among gay or lesbian identifying respondents, 81% said they are only attracted to the same gender.

Interestingly, however, the analysis found that about 9 out of 10 partnered bisexuals are in opposite-sex relationships.

Note from Pew: "The sample size of bisexual adults is too small to analyze men and women or other demographic subgroups separately. People who did not identify as either a man or a woman or who identified as transgender could not be analyzed separately. The questions asked only about attraction to and relationships with people of the same or opposite gender, even though some may be attracted to or in relationships with people who don't identify as a man or a woman."

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