Bi News Update

We’re back with a mega-update of bi+ news:

Polling Shows Nearly Half of LGBT Community is Bisexual.  A poll by news website Buzzfeed indicated that 46% of LGBT respondents were bisexual, a group which skews heavily female, younger, and more racially diverse.  Bisexual people were less likely to report being politically active relative to other LGBT groups, and more likely to say they would have children or would like to.

West Hollywood Hosted the World’s First Bisexual Pride Celebration.  The celebration in the California city featured a bi visibility parade and a party that was specifically bi-themed.  The city was joined in sponsoring the event by the social group amBi and the Human Rights Campaign LA.

United Nations Report Shows Bisexual Women “Especially at Risk” of Sexual Violence.  The report on global LGBT+ issues discussed a “shocking” level of violence against bisexual women.  Forty-six percent of bisexual women who participated reported having been raped. Sixty-one percent reported rape, physical violence, or having been stalked by a partner.

India’s Supreme Court Struck Down a 157-Year-Old Law Criminalizing Gay Sex. In a ruling hailed by the LGBT community in India and around the world, India’s high court invalidated Section 377 of the Indian penal code, which banned consensual “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.”

Scotland’s Parliament Passed a Law Pardoning Bisexual and Gay Men Convicted of Same-Sex Sexual Conduct.  The law, which passed unanimously, allows for the expungement of criminal convictions for those who were convicted of consensual same-sex conduct before 1981.

Actress Issa Rae Responded to Criticism Over Planned TV Comedy About Bisexual Black Man.  The creator and star of Insecure, who is producing an HBO show called Him or Her about the dating life of a bi black man, called online criticism of the planned show “absolutely ridiculous.”

Comedy-drama The Bisexual premieres on British TV.  Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan writes, directs, and stars in the series, about a bisexual woman living with a straight white man.

Singer Jason Mraz Came Out as Bisexual.  The singer came out in a letter to the LGBT community for Pride Month.

Lesbians More Likely to Have Negative Attitudes About Bisexual Women. A recent study highlighted the phenomenon of “androcentric desire hypothesis,” in which bisexual identifying women (and men) are perceived to be more attracted to men than women.

Bisexual Americans Face Greater Economic and Health Struggles.  A survey by the Center for American Progress showed that bisexual and queer people are far more likely than gay or straight people to be living in poverty, or to be relying upon public benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps.

First Bisexual Organization in Australia Launched.  Researcher Julia Taylor launched the group Bi+ Australia to provide counseling to bi+ Australians, after finding poor mental health outcomes in the bisexual community.

Bisexual-identifying Men at Greater Risk of Heart Disease. A recent study of health data shows that men who identify as bisexual are at greater risk for cardiovascular illness, as well as obesity, high blood pressure, and mental distress.

Bisexual CEO of Lloyd’s of London Speaks About Her Experience and Facing Abuse. Inga Beale, who just stepped down from the UK-based insurance giant, spoke about facing biphobia within her company and within the LGBT community.

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