Closet ten times as powerful for bis – Yougov

New research by YouGov for Stonewall published today reveals that three in ten bi men (30 per cent) and almost one in ten bi women (8 per cent), say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with any of their friends.

This is compared to just two per cent of gay men and one per cent of lesbians.

That makes us around ten times as closeted in social spaces as our lesbian and gay friends – a chastening thought and another nail in the coffin of the old claim that “it’s easier to be bi”.

Further they note that a third of bi people (32 per cent) aren’t open about their sexual orientation to  anyone in their family, compared to eight per cent of lesbians and gay men: four times the rate of living in secret.

The findings are reported in Stonewall’s new publication “LGBT in Britain: Home and Communities” which you can download here.

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