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ONS Report Shows 45% Increase In Bi Identities

The Office of National Statistics has released data that shows a 45% increase in young people identifying as bisexual in three years.

The Office of National Statistics has updated the Sexual Identity Statistical Bulletin with data collected from the Annual Population Survey of 2015.

It reports that 1.7% of adults in the UK identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, comprising 1.1% who identified themselves as gay or lesbian and 0.6% who identified themselves as bisexual. A further 0.4% of the population identified themselves as “Other”. Significantly, 4.1% replied with ‘do not know’ or refused their answer.

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The number of people openly identifying as bisexual rose from 230,000 in 2012 to 334,000 in 2015, a 45% increase.

The results echo those of last years’ YouGov survey which found that half of young people (and almost a quarter of the total population)… Continue reading

Complicated? Report on Bisexual Peoples' Experiences with Public Services Launches

US_Navy_midwife_checks_on_a_momA new report into the experiences of bisexual people in the UK was launched today.

Complicated?, published by The Equality Network,  is the first UK research report to focus specifically on bisexual people’s experiences of accessing services.

The report reveals some worrying statistics including:

  • Two thirds of respondents feel they have to ‘pass’ as straight when accessing public services
  • Only a quarter of respondents feel comfortable being ‘out’ in LGBT spaces
  • Almost half (48%) of respondents reported having experienced biphobic comments. 38% have experienced unwanted sexual comments about their bisexuality
  • Just under half of respondents (44%) said they would only sometimes or never feel comfortable disclosing their sexuality when accessing sexual health services

It is particularly concerning that biphobia was most often reported when respondents tried to access NHS and LGBT services, which are key to health and wellbeing, but happily the report also… Continue reading