Bisexual poverty is overlooked by the LGBT+ community

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01/07/2019

Poverty is one of the main issues facing bisexual people. Yet it is a problem that is seriously overlooked. Bisexual people are the “invisible majority” of the LGBT+ community. Despite being the largest group under the rainbow flag by some measures, our needs and our marginalization are often ignored. Abuse from both the gay and straight communities – so-called double discrimination – is a major contributor to this and has a profound effect on our lives and wellbeing. “Bi people still face significant challenges including invisibility, exclusion, biphobia and a lack of support from friends, family, and colleagues,” a spokesperson for Stonewall, a British LGBT+ charity, told me. When it comes to poverty rates, in the United States, bisexual men are most likely to report a household income that falls below the poverty line, according to a recent study by the Center for American Progress. Almost a quarter of American bisexual men are poor, compared with 12 percent of gay men and 6 percent of straight men.

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