The Reason 80% Of Bisexuals End Up In Heterosexual Relationships

The Reason 80% Of Bisexuals End Up In Heterosexual Relationships

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“There’s actually a much simpler, more obvious, and more likely explanation for the reason so many bisexuals wind up in opposite-sex partnerships: The odds fall enormously in their favor…

… the [percentage of the population that is LGBTQ] is actually closer to a scant 3.8 percent. So not only is it statistically more likely more likely that a bisexual person will wind up with a partner of the opposite sex; it’s equally likely that they’ll wind up with someone from the over 96 percent of the population who identifies as straight.

… Add to that the fact that due to persistent biphobia, a large number of gay men and lesbians still flat-out refuse to date bisexuals, and it becomes even more apparent that the deep ends of our relatively narrow dating pools are, for bisexuals, overwhelmingly populated by straight people…”

Bisexual writer Kristina Marusic discussing  a 2013 Pew Research LGBT Survey that found 84 percent of self-identified bisexuals in committed different-sex relationships. Marusic mentions that the same biphobia that creates health disparities among bisexual people may also compel them to enter different-sex relationships. She also acknowledges that some of the 84 percent may be in multi-partner relationships.

She also mentions accused bi-phobe and sex columnist Dan Savage who once advised bisexuals to still come out to their friends, families and co-workers to help end bi-erasure, especially once bi people “disappear” (our word, not his) into different-sex relationships.

(featured image via Andrew Barclay)

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