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Australian Study Highlights Greater Difficulty for Bisexual People to Come Out

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Young bisexual Australians may find it far more difficult to come out of the closet when compared to their gay and lesbian counterparts according to a new Australian survey.

The survey which was titled the What’s Up In Your World poll was conducted by the Radio station Triple J, and took a look at 11,000 people aged 18 to 29 to discover what it’s like to be a millennial in Australia.

The study found that young Australian men who identify as being gay were twice as likely to have come out than young bisexual men.

Shockingly bi Australian men were the least likely to have come out about their sexuality within the LGBTI community, with only 40 percent being publicly or openly out.

Bisexual Australian women were also less likely to come out of the closet with only 48 percent being out, compared with 83 percent of gay men, and 86 percent of lesbian women who are open about their sexuality.

The study also highlighted that far more young Australian people identify as bisexual as opposed to being gay or lesbian, with around 15 percent of women saying that they were bi and 5 percent of men.

Speaking with Hack, Julia Taylor of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society explained that one of the reasons so many men struggle to come out as bi is arguably due to a lack of visibility.

“More and more so bi women are depicted in television and literature… although it’s still minimal,” she explained.

“But for bisexual men it’s completely invisible … there’s a lack of role models.”

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GJ Gardner Maxi 8 May – 31 July 2018

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