Being - or coming out as - bisexual isn't always easy. There are still so many misconceptions about bisexuality , and that's incredibly frustrating. So if you're wondering, 'Am I bisexual? Despite what you may have heard, bisexual means attracted to more than one gender - it does not mean attracted to just men and women. Gender, like sexuality, exists on a spectrum. It is not binary.
The demographics of sexual orientation show variance, and estimates for the lesbian , gay and bisexual LGB population are subject to controversy and ensuing debates. Obtaining precise numbers is difficult for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons for the difference in statistical findings regarding homosexuality and bisexuality has to do with the nature of the research questions. Major research studies on sexual orientation are discussed.
The rise in Americans saying they are bisexual is driven by women
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Since , social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States. The survey, which is conducted every couple of years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics ranging from race relations to drug use. In , the survey started including a question on sexual identity. In the 10 years that the General Social Survey has included a question on sexual identity, rates of identification among gay men, lesbian women and bisexual men in the U.
Women and their allies are taking bold steps towards achieving gender equality in the workplace. The number of Americans who identify as bisexual is on the rise. Even more specifically, they find that the upswing in bisexuality among women has been concentrated among young women of color, specifically black women. This could have contributed to a resurgence of the term over the survey period.