A study by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission has found bisexuals remain largely invisible despite making up the largest part of the GLBT community.
“Bisexuals experience high rates of being ignored, discriminated against, demonised, or rendered invisible by both the heterosexual world and the lesbian and gay communities,” the report found.
“Despite years of activism and [being] the largest population within the LGBT community, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question.
“This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals’ health, economic wellbeing, and funding for bi organisations and programs.”
The report concluded that many assumptions underlie bisexual invisibility.
“Assumptions about a person’s sexual orientation based on her/his partner’s gender; about bisexual people’s reliability, honesty, or commitment to the LGBT movement; about bisexuals’ health concerns and needs; and about the world as an ‘either/or’ place rather than one of infinite variety.
“Any long-term solutions must dispel these assumptions to make room for those whose lives exist beyond binaries.”