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.
* 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.