Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013 Bisexual Fact Sheet

Not all people are bisexual but half of the LGBT community certainly is.

Bisexual men were 50% more likely to live in poverty than gay men, and bisexual women were more than twice as likely to live in poverty as lesbians. - 2011 Bi Invisibility Report

In comparison with lesbian and gays, bisexuals have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual victimization - CDC
Bi men and women are at least one-third less likely to disclose their bisexual identities to their doctors than gay men or lesbians. "Rates of nondisclosure to healthcare providers were significantly higher among bisexual men (39.3 %) and bisexual women (32.6 %) compared with gay men (10 %) and lesbians (12.9 %)." - Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy

40% of LGBT People of Color identify as bisexual according to a 2009 Human Rights Campaign Study.

Bi women are almost 6 times more likely than heterosexual women to have seriously considered suicide, and 4 times more likely than lesbians. Bi men are almost 7 times more likely than heterosexual men to have seriously considered suicide, and over 4 times more likely than gay men. - Rainbow Health Ontario, Top Ten Bi Health Issues

Bisexual employees are eight times as likely to be in the closet compared to lesbian and gay counterparts. Only 7 per cent of lesbians and gay men, but 55 per cent of bisexual employees, are not out to anyone at work. - Workplace Equality Index 2010 - Stonewall

From 2008 to 2012 only $5,000 in grants were awarded to bi specific projects or bisexual organizations (out of over $100 million tracked) - 2008-2010, 2010-2012

Between 1970 and 2010 there were 19 total grants for the bisexual population totaling $84,356.  In comparison, Gay Men and Lesbian populations had 4,469 grants totaling $64,644,177 and Transgender/Gender Nonconforming populations received 1,029 grants totaling $16,748,928.  40 years, $84,356 for grants directed at the bisexual population of America. - "40 Years Of LGBT Philanthropy" by LGBTFunders.com
At this  time, no major LGBT organizations have bisexual projects, do bi specific outreach, or have bisexual board members. 

Want more data on health disparities for bisexual identified people?  Check out the Healthy Peoples 2020 fact sheet from the Healthy People 2020 Bisexual Health Fact Sheet that covers a decade of bi data!  It reviews epidemiological data reported in behavioral risk studies and needs assessment surveys conducted in the U.S. and published from 2000 to 2010.