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In the middle of the rainbowy revelers at the pride parade in West Hollywood, Jeremy Stacy was questioned: Are you really bisexual? Stacy had gotten the question before. From a friend who said anyone who had slept with men must be gay — even if he had also slept with women.
From women who assumed he would cheat on them. Such attitudes appear to have kept many bisexuals in the closet. At a time when gay rights have made stunning strides, and gays and lesbians have become far more willing to come out, the vast majority of bisexuals remains closeted, a Pew Research Center survey revealed last month.
Elizabeth, who declined to give her last name, said that when some new friends chatted about women kissing women, she just kept quiet. John, a married man who realized that he was bisexual three years ago and has told his wife, said he worries about bringing her shame if he comes out more publicly. His wife has told him he must suppress his feelings. The stereotypes make some reluctant to use the word, even after they come out. Laura McGinnis, communications director for the Trevor Project, an LGBT youth suicide prevention group, said she was 29 or 30 before she would readily share that she was bisexual or actively correct someone who thought otherwise.
Bisexuals were also less likely than gay men and lesbians to say their workplaces were accepting of them, Pew found.
In a separate study published in the Journal of Bisexuality, half of bisexual people surveyed said their gay and straight coworkers misunderstood bisexuality. Inside the gay community, bisexual people are often seen as more privileged than gays and lesbians, able to duck discrimination by entering into straight relationships. Far more bisexuals are in relationships with people of the opposite sex than the same sex, Pew found. They are less likely than gay men and lesbians to have weathered slurs or attacks, been rejected by friends or family or treated unfairly at work, its survey showed.
Yet researchers and activists say bisexuals face another set of frustrations, sometimes shunned by the gay and lesbian community and the straight world alike. Both are stereotyped as oversexed swingers who cannot be trusted. Such reactions left her frustrated. I thought I could find camaraderie with people who were also sexual minorities. Pew found that bisexuals — especially men — were less likely to have belonged to such groups.
More than half said they have only a few LGBT friends or none at all. Researchers believe such isolation may have dire. Some studies have found that bisexual people are at greater risk of emotional woes than people who are gay, lesbian or straight: Bisexual women are more likely to binge drink and suffer depression, a George Mason University study found. A Kent State University study of bisexual women found that they were more likely than straight or lesbian women to harm themselves or endure suicidal thoughts.
Other studies have also cited higher risks for bisexual men. While a gay man might casually mention his husband, or a lesbian might out herself by talking about her girlfriend, bisexuals are often wrongly assumed to be straight or gay depending on who they are with. Spelling out that they are bisexual can be misconstrued as rejecting a current partner or declaring themselves up for anything. Faith Cheltenham, president of the national bisexual organization BiNet USA, was often pd to be lesbian when she dated women. When she met the man who would become her husband, she worried people would assume she was straight, invalidating the work she did to come out.
But when she tries to correct that assumption, some mistake it as a sexual invitation.
More women switched from calling themselves lesbian to calling themselves bisexual than vice versa. Though surveys show that bisexuals rival or exceed gays and lesbians inexperts say there is still little known about bisexuals because studies often group them with gay men and lesbians. Northwestern University researcher Brian Mustanski said unlike earlier studies, his research showed bisexual youth were less likely to suffer mental disorders than gay and lesbian youth — a possible of growing acceptance of sexual fluidity. How out is that? Bisexual men and women rival or exceed gays and lesbians inaccording to studies, but a Pew Research Center survey shows most remain closeted.
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