- Croatia to vote on banning gay marriage next month
- UK gay teen killed himself after being bullied to death
- Harassing transgender minors, the lowest low
- Hate group used gay band’s song for anti-gay marriage ad
- Ireland set to put marriage equality to a public vote
- Historic first: Babies in Germany can now have no gender
- Young gay man kills himself over homophobia in Italy
- American public still can’t accept that bisexuality exists
15-year-old Christian Adamek from the US-state of Alabama killed himself after facing expulsion and being put on the sex offender registry for a streaking prank at high school football game.
Just one week earlier, he had been arrested by cops after running naked across the field during a high school gridiron game on September 27. Under Alabama law, Christian faced being placed on the sex offenders register if found guilty of indecent exposure.
Video of his streaking was put on YouTube, attracting enthusiastic comments calling him a “legend” from his fellow students at Sparkman High, but has since been removed. School officials, who were furious over the incident, threatened the teen with expulsion and legal action for indecent exposure -- which under Alabama law would put him on the sex offender’s register.
- Teacher of murdered gay child sympathizes with his killer
- “Rape the gay away” pastor doesn’t have to go to prison
- Toronto Christian program tries to “heal” guys from being gay
- Trans student banned from US university for “concealing identity”
- Thailand’s parliament prepares to debate gay marriage bill
- Finns force their parliament to reconsider marriage equality
- 69-year-old stabbed to death in New York anti-gay attack
- Trans homecoming queen heartbroken by hateful backlash
- 51% of Russians don’t want gay neighbour or work colleague
- Five anti-gay & anti-trans bills under consideration in Lithuania
- Pastor raped teen boys to help end their homosexual urges
- School fires second teacher this year for not being straight
- Russia drafts bill to remove children from gay parents
- An HIV prevention vaccine has aced its first clinical trials
- Australia get’s climate change denying, anti-gay-marriage PM
- “Kill the gays” US pastor charged with crimes against humanity
- Turkey becomes second Muslim country to protect sexual minorities
- Olympic committee says it will punish athletes who support LGBT rights
- Russia: Gay rights activist who staged protest may be charged as extremist
- Gay US Marine veteran who lost leg in Iraq booed by anti-LGBT crowd
- UK schools found to be banning promotion of gay issues
- Italian teen boy commits suicide because of anti-gay bullying
- Germany set to add third gender option to birth certificates
- State of New Jersey bans dubious gay conversion therapy
- Swedish athlete forced to stop protesting Russian anti-gay laws
- British agents entered newspaper office, destroyed hard drives
- UK illegally detains partner of journalist writing about NSA leaks
- US for-profit prisons one of the top lobbyists against legal weed
- American’s medical records are for sale to private data miners
- 10-year-old girl arrested for playing doctor with 4-year-old boy
Bilerico reports: A new survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans Americans released last month by the Pew Research Center contained many heartening findings. For example, 92% of respondents said society has become more accepting of LGBT people over the last ten years, and 92% also believe society will become even more accepting in the decade ahead.
But the survey also revealed a startlingly high degree of invisibility among bisexual Americans: while bisexuals make up 40% of the LGBT community — a larger share than their L, G, and T siblings — just 28% say that most or all of the important people in their lives know about their sexual orientation, as opposed to 77% of gay men and 71% of lesbians. And while 33% of bisexual women report being out, that number drops to 12% among bisexual men.
This is likely due at least in part to perceptions in the LGBT community about social acceptance, particularly in the case of male bisexuality: when asked whether there is "a lot" of acceptance of bisexual women, 33% of LGBT respondents said yes, compared with just 8% who agreed with that statement when applied to men.
Social acceptance of bisexuals is a problem both inside and outside the LGBT community. In a report about bisexuality and the closet last week, the Los Angeles Times quoted Jeremy Stacy, a bisexual West Hollywood man, who said that his sexuality was even questioned during a pride parade:
"One guy came up to me and said, ‘You’re really gay,’ " said Stacy, who was standing under a sign reading "Ask a Bisexual." "I told him I had a long line of ex-girlfriends who would vehemently disagree. And he said, ‘That doesn’t matter, because I know you’re gay.’ "
Many closeted bisexuals interviewed by the Times told the paper that they’ve chosen not to come out due to negative stereotypes about bisexuality — that bisexuals are indecisive, greedy, confused, sex-crazed, or promiscuous, just to name a few. And those who do come out often face backlash not just from society at large, but from friends, family, and spouses.
John, a married man who realized that he was bisexual three years ago and has told his wife, said he worries about bringing her shame if he comes out more publicly. He suspects she would hear, "Surely you must have seen the signs," and, "How do you put up with that?"
His wife has told him he must suppress his feelings. "She believes sexuality is a choice and that I can and should just ‘turn it off,’ " he said.
Unfortunately, LGBT community resource centers often overlook bisexuals in their programming, compounding the isolation. Studies from Kent State University and George Mason University suggest that being misunderstood by and invisible in both society and the LGBT community puts bisexual people at an elevated risk for a host of problems including binge drinking, depression, and suicidal thoughts and actions.
Clearly, combating bisexual invisibility needs to be a bigger priority for the LGBT movement. So I’ll close by asking our bisexual readers: how well or poorly do you feel understood by your LGBT siblings and society at large? What are the greatest misconceptions about bisexuality that you encounter in your day-to-day lives, and have those stereotypes kept you from coming out of the closet? And how can the LGBT community better address your concerns, meet your needs, and make you feel welcome?