I was excited about the potential of solidarity and the refreshing sense of transparency and openness that many people say they experience after publicly owning their sexual identity. I fully expected to experience discrimination from dominant society. Bisexuality is still a conundrum for many, and the inherent duality and multiplicity of a pansexual, queer, or bisexual identity is often read with suspicion or fear.
Experiences among bisexual people in healthcare settings remain rarely discussed or understood by community organizers, medical professionals and researchers. Bisexuals face striking rates of poor health outcomes ranging from cancer and obesity, to sexually transmitted infections to mental health problems. Studies suggest that bisexuals comprise nearly half of all people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, making the bisexual population the single largest group within the LGBTQ community —— yet, as a community, we are doing little to address the needs of bisexual people.
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Although the LGBTQ community reports high rates of anxiety and mood disordersrecent statistics show that bisexual people are far more likely to experience mental health issues than either lesbians or gay men within the community. The survey also revealed startling stories of harassment, exclusion and isolation among bisexual youth. According to the Bisexual Resource Center BRCapproximately 40 percent of bisexual people have considered or attempted suicide, compared to just over a quarter of gay men and lesbians.
Dabbling and experimenting. Playing both sides. Bisexual people face numerous stereotypes and negative assumptions, and since he was a teen who realised he was attracted to people of different genders, Anthony Lekkas has heard them all.
The largest study of bisexual people in the world to date, led by La Trobe University, has examined why bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological distress than heterosexual and homosexual people. Questioning more than 2, bisexual people across Australia, the Who I Am study's aim was to uncover the reasons for poor mental health in bisexual people. The study found significant links between poor mental health and the following factors:.
A participant watches the EuroPride parade in the streets of Warsaw July 17, Some of the most prominent research available comes from the Office for National Statistics ONS which found that bisexual people are nearly 80 percent more likely to report feeling anxious than the average person and are 40 percent more likely to describe themselves as unhappy. The ONS found that bisexual people have lower life satisfaction and feel less worthwhile than straight, gay and lesbian people do.
Researchers from American University analysed data from participants aged 18 to 64 who identified as being attracted to more than one gender. The social isolation that many bisexual people face often limits their access to support and resources, the study found. Whilst there is a plethora of support available for the wider LGBTQ community, the study revealed that resources for bisexual people specifically are often lacking and this has a negative effect on their mental wellbeing, fostering feelings of bisexual invisibility and erasure.
In Crisis? Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identified LGBTQ people are as diverse as the general Canadian population in their experiences of mental health and well-being, they face higher risks for some mental health issues due to the effects of discrimination and the social determinants of health. Socio-economic factors or determinants play a key role in mental health and wellbeing for all of us, and are particularly important for marginalized populations.
However, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with these identities. LGBTQ people with mental health conditions may also find themselves fighting a double stigma. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes, and even recovery. Early intervention, comprehensive treatment and family support are key to helping LGBTQ people live well with a mental health condition.