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BY BTL STAFF
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an uptick in the number of Americans who identify as bisexual.
Between 2011 and 2013, CDC researchers conducted over 10,000 in-person audio computer-assisted interviews with Americans between the ages of 18 and 44. Many scientists often use this method so respondents are not required to tell interviewers their answers, which could bias their responses.
The survey found that nearly 2 percent of men and 1.3 percent of women identified as exclusively homosexual, while 5.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men identified as bisexual.
Compared to a former survey conducted by the CDC between 2006 and 2010, the number of women who identify as bisexual rose 1.6 percent while the number of men who identify as bisexual rose .8 percent.
A Gallup poll conducted by the Williams Institute in 2012 found that approximately 3.4 percent of Americans identify as LGBT. The number of LGBT Americans seems to be on the rise or, perhaps, rising acceptance in the county has led LGBT citizens to feel more comfortable disclosing their identities.
The most recent study by the CDC study was published Jan. 7 in the National Health Statistics Reports and also found that women aged 18-24 were more likely to identify as bisexual than women aged 24-44.
New Study Addresses Biphobia
A recent study conducted by Ph.D candidate Tangela Roberts and two professors from the University of Massachusetts found that of the 745 bisexual people they studied, the biphobia experienced by participants came from not only straight people but an almost equal amount originated from members of the LGBT community. Participants in that study were asked to rate their anti-bisexual experiences, with questions directly targeting if people addressed their bisexuality as a matter of “confusion, whether people assumed they were more likely to cheat and whether they were excluded from social networks.
“Bisexual people report that they often feel as if they do not have a place in society and as if they have nowhere turn for social support,” the authors also wrote in the study. “As a result, if individuals receive inadequate social support in their identity as bisexual, individuals may have an extremely difficult time accepting and embracing their sexual orientation.”