04 June 2019
In recent years, sociocultural shifts in the U.S. have cast a positive light on the LGBTQ community, presumably providing benefits to sexual and gender minorities. Using a sample of single lesbian, gay, and bisexual men and women (N= 924) collected from a 2016 survey in the U.S., we assess bisexual people’s attitudes about the “LGBTQ community”, as well as how others in the community – gay men and lesbian women – view bisexuals. We also examine contexts in which bisexual people feel they are unable to share their sexual identities.
Descriptive analyses revealed that while many bisexual people feel they need to hide their sexual identity in most contexts, the majority of bisexual men and women feel “mostly” to “near total acceptance” in the LGBTQ community. Thus, while bisexual people do experience stigma-related stress, findings suggest a promising shift for bisexual people’s lives in terms of drawing resources and support from the larger LGBTQ community.
Single Bisexual Men’s and Women’s Perceptions of Acceptance in the LGBTQ Community
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