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Bisexual Individuals Less Likely to Be Healthy

Even as the clamour for recognition of bisexual rights intensifies the world over, a new research suggests that bisexuals have a poorer state of well-being when compared to other sexualities.

The study, which examined the health of people with different sexual persuasions, found out that bisexuals did not perform well health wise when pitted against gays, heterosexuals and lesbians. As part of data collection, the researchers asked 10, 128 sexual minorities to rate their state of well being. They also asked an additional 405, 145 heterosexual adults to give the same rating in a bid to see how the two ratings compared.

The study’s lead author Professor Bridget Gorman said “We developed this study both to examine the health of these different sexual minority groups and to assess how risk factors for poor health contribute to their overall health.”

The researchers also asked the individuals about factors that impacted their health such as social economic status, the level of education and their basic income. They also asked them about their access to health insurance, smoking habits, access to social support and the Body Mass Index (BMI).

The results indicated that 19.5% of bisexual men and 18.5% of bisexual women rated their well-being as “poor or fair”. In sharp contrast, only 11.9% of gay men and 10.6% of lesbian women said their well-being was poor or fair.

The research also discovered that bisexual individuals were disadvantaged when it came to accessing some important facilities that affect their overall well-being such as hospitals and schools when compared to people of other sexual orientations. For instance, of all the people interviewed, bisexual men and women were less likely to have a college degree. According to the research, only 26.5% of bisexual men and 32.1% of bisexual women have a college degree.

Due to their sexual orientation, bisexuals, particularly women tend to suffer from social stigma. The study found that bisexual women went out with friends and colleagues less often and were less likely to be in a relationship. They were also more likely to get into a confrontation with friends.

Those who identify as bisexual are “minorities within the minority” and go through distinctive challenges and some extreme forms of discrimination. These challenges might be the primary cause of the disparities in areas such as earnings, levels of education and the tendency to smoke and other aspects that affect their social wellbeing, according to Dr Justin Denny, a part of the team that conducted the study.

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