Experiences among bisexual people in healthcare settings remain rarely discussed or understood by community organizers, medical professionals and researchers. Bisexuals face striking rates of poor health outcomes ranging from cancer and obesity, to sexually transmitted infections to mental health problems. Studies suggest that bisexuals comprise nearly half of all people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, making the bisexual population the single largest group within the LGBTQ community —— yet, as a community, we are doing little to address the needs of bisexual people. Moreover, transgender people and people of color comprise large portions of the bisexual community —— with more than 40 percent of LGBTQ people of color identifying as bisexual, and about half of transgender people describing their sexual orientation as bisexual or queer —— making these groups vulnerable to further disparities that occur at the intersections of biphobia, racism and transphobia. Our fight for FULL equality continues — donate and help us achieve it!
LGBT Health - Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Researching for LGBTQ Health
January 13, Bisexual women are more likely to experience poor mental health and mental distress than lesbians, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Health. The study found bisexual women were less likely to be 'out' to friends, family and work colleagues and also less likely to be in a relationship. According to the results, bisexual women were less likely to experience sexuality-related discrimination from work, healthcare services, education and family than lesbians, but more likely to experience discrimination from friends. Although bisexual women in our study reported experiencing less sexuality-based discrimination than lesbians, this did not benefit their mental health. Mental health services should be aware of both the differences and the similarities in bisexual and lesbian women's mental health care needs, and tailor the services they provide accordingly.
Bisexual- and lesbian-identified women have significantly worse mental health than heterosexual women. Less evidence exists about mental health differences between lesbian and bisexual women. Self-completion survey with community-based, opportunistic sampling recruited bisexual-identified and lesbian-identified women. Associations between sexual identity and mental health indicators were assessed by logistic regression, controlling for age, income, student status and employment.
Research that does explore the health of bisexual people indicates that bisexual people often have poorer health outcomes compared to both lesbian and gay populations and heterosexual populations 1. This is particularly the case for bisexual women 2. The poor health outcomes of bisexual people may be attributed to biphobia and the impact of myths and stereotypes about bisexual people i.