Doesn’t the term “gay and lesbian” include bisexuals as well?
No, it does not. Gay and lesbian identities are based upon attraction to only one gender, which is something they have in common with heterosexuals. Bisexual identity is based upon attraction to more than one gender. That is quite different. One of the bisexual community’s greatest challenges is lack of visibility. When people erase bisexuals by leaving them out of the words they use, it is disrespectful and dismissive. When ostensibly LGBT organizations leave out bisexuals in their names or their programming, they often do so thinking that bis are a small fringe group. Ironically, when they do that, they explicitly fail to meet the needs of the largest single group under the LGBT umbrella, as the number of people who identify as bisexual is as large or greater than the total number of gays and lesbians. The total number of people who behave bisexually but identify as straight, gay, or lesbian is larger still.
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