Nearly One-Fifth of British LGBT Troops Say They’re Bi

320px-Gay_Couple_from_back_hand_holding_on_CSD_2006_Berlin_-_Make_Love_Not_WarThe Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom conducted their first audit of BLGT military by voluntarily asking them if they would identify their sexual persuasion. It turns out, of that group, nearly one-fifth of them, (19 percent) identified as bisexual.

Since the Ministry of Defense allowed gay, lesbian and bisexual troops, many of them have outed themselves, and about 250 servicemen and 181 servicewomen ­said “I am gay” on files and while 86 men and 18 women declared themselves bisexual.

Those 104 bisexuals represent about 19 percent of those identifying as non-heterosexual.

However, 829 men and 102 women chose to keep their sexuality secret – many because of fear of bullying, says a military source. “Homophobic bullying still exists within the military and it is a problem which isn’t going away.”

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]