What the Pew Research Says about Bisexuals


The Pew Research Center is just analyzing a 2013 study of 1,200 LGBT adults and made some recent findings about bisexuals.

They say:

* Bisexuals are much less likely than gay men and lesbians to say that their sexual orientation is an important part of who they are.

* Only 20% of bisexuals say being bisexual is extremely or very important to their overall identity. (It’s nearly half for gays and lesbians.

* Bisexuals are also much less likely than gay men or lesbians to have “come out” to the important people in their life.

* Only 28% of bisexuals say all or most of the important people in their life know they are bisexual. By comparison, 77% of gay men and 71% of lesbians say the important people in their life know about their sexual orientation.

* Relatively few bisexuals report that they have experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

* There’s also a sense among all LGBT adults that society is more accepting of bisexual women than it is of gay men, lesbians or bisexual men.

* Bisexuals realized their orientations at nearly the same ages as lesbians and gay men. The median age when bisexuals report first thinking that they might be bisexual is 13.

* The median age at which they say they knew for sure that they were bisexual is 17.

* Bisexuals were a median age of 20 when they first told someone about their sexual orientation.

* Of the sample of 1,197 self-identified LGBT adults, 479 (or 40%) of the respondents were bisexual.

* Bisexuals are much more likely than gay men or lesbians to be married, and most have a spouse of the opposite sex.

* Only 9% of bisexuals have same-sex partners; fully 84% are involved with someone of the opposite sex.

Overall, the stats were not surprising.


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]