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Do bisexuals really exist?

Of course we do!  According to a comprehensive study by the William’s Institute at UCLA, of the 3.5% percent of the population that identified as LGBT in the survey countries, more than half were bisexual.  That’s right, there are at least as many bisexuals as there are gays and lesbians combined – and that’s not even counting the nearly 75% of people who are bisexual by behavior but who choose to identify as straight, gay, or lesbian.  Bisexuality has been measured and demonstrated in scientific studies, both in men and in women.


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Confusion is understandable.

After all, the idea of same-sex attraction is a fairly new idea in human history, too. According to wikipedia, the first emergence of the word "homosexual" was in 1869. That's a little under 100 years after the United States became its own nation. The U.S. had been around over ninety years before the concept of homosexuality was born.

That was 145 years ago this year. We've been arguing as human beings over whether someone can be gay or lesbian as a sexual identity for 145 years, and whether that's okay.

Alfred Kinsey sparked the idea of bisexuality in 1948. That's only 66 years ago. In the United States, same-sex couples waited 141 years for the right to marry, and that was just in a small area. So if we look to history, we can expect people asking whether bisexuality exists and what to do about it for the next 75 years.

In other words, all of us on this site will probably be dead by the time most people don't have to ask if bisexuality exists. No matter what answers we try to give, there will still be confusion, and still be struggle. We're just living in one of those times in history.

The short answer is: Yes, bisexuals exist.

The long answer is: If, for whatever reason, you don't/can't believe bisexuals exist, that's because of the time in history you live in, and all the answers and facts the bisexual community offers may not be enough to satisfy you.

-Amaryn


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