There are women who date men, men who date women. Then there are women who date women, men who date men, and some who date either gender. We all know that gay rights and acceptance have come a long way in the world, but not have they come far enough? Those who like both men and women are technically called bis*xual, but many do not like to use this term.
Out of the 9 million Americans that identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, or bis*xual, only 1.8% say they identify as bi. This is interesting considering that 19 million people reported that they have had a same s*x experience before, but yet they do not consider themselves to be bis*xual.
Another interesting fact is that 25.6 million people have said that they have had an attraction to someone of the same sex before but again do not consider themselves to be bis*xual.
The 2013 PEW report showed that bis*xual people are less likely to come out to people that they love as opposed to gay or lesbian people. 71% of those who identify as lesbians said that they have come out to those they love, 77% of those who identify as being gay have said that they have come out, but only 28% of bis*xuals admitted that they have come out as such.
After a few different polls and studies a few theories were thrown around as to why those who are interested in both genders do not like to use the term bis*xual. It is a word that could have many different meanings, and in reality, technically means someone who exhibits the characteristics of both men and women and has nothing to do with s*xual behaviors. It is too complex a term and it seems that even with all the explanations in the world, most of the time people still don’t seem to understand what it really means.