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Bisexuals are on the rise in the US — and it’s due to young women of color

Bisexuals are on the rise in the US — and it’s due to young women of color

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More Americans identify as bisexual in a trend led by young women of color, new study shows.

According to the latest biannual General Social Survey (GSS), more than 3% of people in the US identify as bisexual. Significantly, those attracted to and/or dating both genders in 2008 were just 1%.


Sociologists D’Lane Compton and Tristan Bridges have commented on the survey, pointing out that the number of bisexuals seems to increase every year. On the other hand, the number of those identifying as gay or lesbian is stationary.

Bisexuals are increasing

They also highlighted that the rise in bisexuals is almost entirely due to women. As more and more young women identify as bi, men dating both genders haven’t increased in number.

More specifically, the upswing has been concentrated among young women of color — black women, especially.

The two sociologists further noted that the data collected by GSS mirrored those by a Gallup survey.

‘Gallup reported that much of the change in LGBT identification between 2012 and 2016 could be accounted for by young people, women, college-educated people, people of color, and those who are not religious,’ the two wrote.

The GSS survey also shows that the number of those identifying as gay or lesbian has decreased between 2016 and 2018.

Homosexuals were nearly 2.5% in 2016, whereas this percentage dropped to slightly more than 1.5% in 2018.

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